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The potential value of research-based evidence in destination management : the case of Kamikawa, Japan

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Title: The potential value of research-based evidence in destination management : the case of Kamikawa, Japan
Authors: Higuchi, Yukari Browse this author
Yamanaka, Yasuhiro Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Reflexivity
Sustainable tourism
Knowledge management
Action research
Destination management
Evidence-based decision-making
Mutual learning
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2020
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Journal Title: Tourism review
Volume: 74
Issue: 2
Start Page: 166
End Page: 178
Publisher DOI: 10.1108/TR-11-2017-0188
Abstract: Purpose - This paper aims to examine the direct intervention of university researchers in tourism practices in Hokkaido, Japan. The overall objective is the further understanding into the potential value of research-based evidence and scientific knowledge in tourism destination management. The paper articulates how the outcomes of structured knowledge creation were able to fundamentally change the long-held presumptions of local stakeholders about their destination, and the paper also examines how this knowledge was used to aid decision-making and the formulation of new tourism strategies. Design/methodology/approach - Through an action research approach, data were collected by direct participation and interviews and then qualitatively analyzed. Findings - The results clearly depict that the key factors for making destination management workable and sustainable are related to academic researchers' direct intervention in tourism practices. Originality/value - This paper has filled a gap in existing scholarship where empirical understanding from first-hand experiences has lacked around the important role that scientific knowledge or evidence-based research can play in enhancing decision-making in collaborative initiatives aiming to develop local tourism resources. The importance of the scientific approach and evidence-based decision-making is gaining increasing recognition in tourist destination development and management. This points to an important opportunity for academic researchers to contribute to the realization of sustainable tourist practices.
Type: article (author version)
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