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Traditions and Trends: A Review of Geographical Scholarship in Tourism

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This paper provides an overview of past and current traditions and trends in tourism research conducted by geographers. The paper is divided into three parts. Part One discusses the traditions in geography scholarship, with respect to the era, language and themes of tourism research. The focus in Part Two is on contemporary trends, examining, in particular, papers presented at three annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and several recent volumes of this journal (Tourism Geographies). Part Three outlines emerging trends and the challenges of continuing the geographical traditions. The paper concludes that, just as the discipline of geography is vibrant today, so is the sub-discipline of tourism geography. Geographers are continuing the tradition to address very complex, diverse and dynamic issues about tourism relevant to the scientific community and society at large.
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Keywords: Geographical scholarship; future trends; language; research traditions; tourism themes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, TX, USA

Publication date: 2009-02-01

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