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Tourism and Science: Research, Knowledge Dissemination and Innovation

  • Natarajan Ishwaran
  • Maharaj Vijay Reddy
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Abstract

This chapter outlines the nexus between tourism innovation and sustainable development goals. It advocates building strong links between science and tourism through increased use of disaggregated data at national and destination levels for understanding and highlighting the specific contributions that tourism and hospitality make towards economic growth, employment and other sustainable development indicators. New research methodologies such as big data analytics, citizen science and cultural ecosystem services allow improved access to and collection of data and better analyses of the complex interactions between economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development at the destination level. Three cases chosen from UNESCO designated World Heritage sites and biosphere reserves are briefly described to illustrate opportunities for tourism and hospitality to collaborate with other economic development sectors and to strive for the attainment of destination-specific mix of SDGs. An international collaborative research program on tourism and sustainable development will be timely and three lines of inquiry that such a program of could pursue are recommended.

Keywords

SDGs Science Data Research Innovation International cooperation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natarajan Ishwaran
    • 1
  • Maharaj Vijay Reddy
    • 2
  1. 1.International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) Under the Auspices of UNESCOBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Coventry University Business SchoolCoventryUK

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