It is a challenge for many final year post-graduate students to find good dissertation topics. This is because good dissertation topics need to grab the attention of readers and represent a picture of what the paper is going to illustrate. To find and develop good dissertation topics, students must first know identify their interest and their ability in carrying out research on that particular subject. Good dissertation topics should not be too general and too narrowed. Current issues about particular subjects should be embedded in dissertation topics to make them interesting and up-to-date. This article gives guidance to students to help develop good dissertation topics on travel, tourism and hospitality. Topics, which could be used for your tourism dissertation, cover subjects such as travel, ecotourism, dark tourism, medical tourism and educational tourism.
Ecotourism is a form of tourism that grabs the attention of those interested in ecological and social concerns. It is also known as ecological tourism. In general, ecotourism focuses on the way tourists can live harmoniously with the planet. It involves travelling and visiting destinations where cultural heritage, flora and fauna are the main attractions. Ecotourism is also the promotion of economical and social opportunities for local communities. Topics that could be discussed within your tourism dissertation include:
Dark tourism is also known as grief tourism and black tourism. Dark tourism involves travelling to sites associated with suffering and death, such as castles and battlefields, such as Scotland and Culloden. Visiting sites of disaster, either natural or man-made sites like the Tsunami site in Phuket in Thailand and Ground Zero in New York. Possible areas to research for your tourism dissertation include:
Generally, hospitality refers to jobs in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, restaurants, catering, resorts and casinos as well as other hospitality positions that deal with tourists. Hospitality involves the relationship process between the hotel and a guest. It also involves the act of being hospitable, such as guest reception and entertainment with friendliness, goodwill and liberality. Hospitality is also known as the act of munificently giving care and kind-heartedness to whoever is in need. Hospitality is important to modern day businesses, and one of the following topics could make for a good tourism dissertation.
Tourism management relates to tourists who travel for recreation or leisure purposes. Tourists are people who travel to a location or a destination outside their usual environment for less than one consecutive year for the purpose of leisure. In recent years, tourism has become a popular global leisure activity among worldwide customers. For some countries tourism is vital to the national economy, such as Thailand and many island countries like the Maldives and Fiji. For these nations tourism generates a large intake of money for businesses as well as opportunities for employment in hospitality and service industries, such as taxis, cruise ships, hotels and entertainment venues. Topic suggestions below could help you narrow your research for your tourism dissertation.
Medical tourism is a new chapter for the tourism industry. There is a huge difference in price between developed and developing nations, especially those in South East Asia and Eastern Europe, and more people are travelling to take advantage of particular medical procedures because of the price or regulatory differences. There may not be much literature to research in this area, but it may be an interesting area to research and discuss for your tourism dissertation.
Educational tourism involves gaining new knowledge and technical competency outside the classroom environment. The main focus of educational tourism includes travelling to another country to learn about the culture of the visited nations. A good example of this is the exchange student programme and work and travel programme. Travelling to another country to work and apply learning skills inside the classroom in different environment, such as the International Placement & Training Program, can also be considered as educational tourism. Areas for research for your tourism dissertation include the following:
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