Taylor’s Researcher Invited to Speak in India on Mapping Qualitative Tourism Research in Asia
Dr. Paolo Mura from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (HTCA) was recently asked to be the Opening Keynote Speaker at the joint 6th India International Hotel Travel & Tourism Research Conference and 7th Indian Hospitality Congress Annual Conference organised by the Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT) in Delhi (India). The topic of his presentation was ‘The crisis of the ‘crisis of representation’ – Mapping Qualitative Tourism Research in Asia’. He addressed an audience of industry practitioners and academics.
He stressed that there needs to be more of a focus on qualitative tourism research studies in Asia. His feeling is that there are currently too many poorly constructed and statistically invalid surveys being undertaken by both academics and government bodies in the region. His concern is that the finding of such surveys may not be giving a complete picture, and that qualitative research is now desperately needed. Other speakers included Mr. Anil Bhandari, Chairman, AB Smart Concepts (and the former Chairman & Managing Director India Tourism Development Corporation) and Professor Manjula Chaudhary, Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management, Kurukshetra University.
Dr. Mura also spoke on a panel with invited speakers drawn from around India. Dr. Paolo Mura said that “The debate and discussion was important to have and the conference was organized with the highest professional standards’“. Dr. Paolo Mura, who is originally from Italy, was the 2015 Taylor’s University recipient for Best Researcher.
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