Arid Forest Research Institute

Role of Public Parks/Gardens in attracting domestic tourists

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This is the ninth issue of TOURISMOS, starting its fifth year of publication (volume five). In the previous eight issues, our multidisciplinary journal aimed at justifying the rationale behind introducing yet another journal in tourism academic studies. Capitalising on this effort, we now focus on furthering our scope and consolidating our position in both conceptual developments and practical applications in tourism.

In this context, the present issue contains five research papers, three case studies and three research notes with an international flavour. The papers address a number of topics namely information technology in tourism, sustainable tourism policy, food safety, tourism and hospitality education, ethnography and tourist satisfaction, repeat visitors and loyalty, economic impacts of tourism, tourist motivations, forest tourism, and hotel website quality. In particular, Olawande J. Daramola, Mathew O. Adigun, Charles K. Ayo & Oludayo O. Olugbara produced a very interesting contribution on describing the implementation of an ontology-enabled Hybrid Destination Recommender System (HDRS) that leverages an ontological description of five specific social attributes of major Nigerian cities, and hybrid architecture of content-based and case-based filtering techniques to generate personalised top-n destination recommendations. The second paper by Rachel Dodds & Richard Butler, examines the barriers to successful implementation of sustainable tourism policy. The research used exploratory and descriptive approaches to identify barriers from the literature as well as field research to determine perceived barriers from key respondents in two specific locations in the Mediterranean- Malta and Calviá. The third paper by Vassilis Georgakopoulos reports the findings of an original study with regards to a new Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) instructional technique to be used for training purposes.

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