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Open Access Gastronomy Tourism: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review of Research Areas, Disciplines, and Dynamics

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Residing with the exponential growth of gastronomy tourism research, a number of review articles have examined the relationship of gastronomy and tourism from distinct thematic and disciplinary perspectives. What remains absent is a comprehensive overview that encapsulates the interdisciplinary dimensions of this area of research. In response, this study comprehensively investigates gastronomy tourism literature utilizing a network and content analysis, with an aim to map the main subject areas concerned with gastronomy tourism and relations between varying subject areas. In doing so, themes determining gastronomy tourism and focus for future exploration are identified. The review findings suggest that the trajectory of gastronomy tourism research is characterized by the dominance of "tourism, leisure, and hospitality management" and "geography, planning, and development." Three recommendations are proposed to assist development of gastronomy tourism research: increased dialogue across subject areas, development of critical and theoretical approaches, and greater engagement with sustainability debates.

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Keywords: CONTENT ANALYSIS; INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH; LITERATURE REVIEW; NETWORK ANALYSIS; RESEARCH AREAS; SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: July 26, 2018

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