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An ontological classification of tourism futures.

Yeoman, Ian and McMahon-Beattie, Una (2016) An ontological classification of tourism futures. In: 26th Annual Conference Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), Sydney, Australia. Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. 1287 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Tourism futures is a relative new and evolving area of research. Tourism itself is multi-disciplinary in nature and not founded on one theoretical position. Therefore the question arises, how can one frame the future of tourism? This paper explores tourism futurist Dr Ian Yeoman’s research in order to distinguish between states of the future. Using an ontological perspective, it frames his research based upon the claims of truthfulness and explanation. Drawing upon examples from publications and projects four forms of tourism futures knowledge are presented and explored within specific research contexts: prediction (family tourism trends), prognosis (oil and computer generated equilibrium modelling), science fiction (sex workers as androids), and utopia (New Zealand as an eco paradise). The usefulness of the framework as a device to stretch our understanding of the future in the scenario planning process is, as is the utility value of the framework in practice.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Speech)
Keywords:Yeoman; futures; tourism; ontology; scenario planning.
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
ID Code:33805
Deposited By: Professor Una McMahon-Beattie
Deposited On:13 Apr 2016 10:39
Last Modified:13 Apr 2016 10:39

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