Putting state back on world map

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 12 Aug 2020

Abdul Karim launching the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management in Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/ The Star

KUCHING: A new journal focusing on responsible tourism management will be published in Sarawak, bringing together expert insights from academics and practitioners.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management (JTRM) aimed to disseminate knowledge on responsible tourism and hospitality based on contemporary issues in Sarawak and developing destinations locally or internationally.

He said it would serve as an avenue for tourism academics, practitioners, government agencies and stakeholders to provide their views, findings and practical insights.

“JTRM accepts submissions from both academics and practitioners. As such, articles published in the journal will be useful to both academics and practitioners, ” he said when launching the journal here on Monday.

Abdul Karim also said JTRM was the first international journal in tourism and hospitality to be published in Sarawak and edited by Sarawakians.

The journal will be published by UCSI University’s hospitality and tourism management faculty and the Sarawak Research Society with support from the ministry and Regional Centre of Expertise Kuching, an initiative by the United Nations to realise sustainable education and sustainable development goals.

“The publication of this journal will put Sarawak back on the world map and enhance our destination image.

“At the same time, it will promote Sarawak and inform readers about how we can realise responsible tourism in local context, ” he said.

Abdul Karim said the journal welcomed submissions on issues or practices related to economic, socio-cultural and environmental responsibility, responsible behaviour in tourism, roles of different stakeholders and creation of values to realise responsible tourism and policies, initiatives or cases to promote and implement responsible tourism.

“I hope tourism and hospitality stakeholders in Sarawak and other countries will look to this journal as a reference of responsible tourism development, ” he added.

JTRM editor-in-chief Assoc Prof Dr Hiram Ting said the journal would be published twice a year, with the first issue to be published in January 2021.

“We hope the knowledge eventually can be translated into something of real impact for the community.

“We look forward to working with the ministry and stakeholders to realise responsible tourism in Sarawak and hopefully Sarawak will be an exemplar to many places on how responsible tourism can be realised in a collective manner.”

Ting said the journal accepted several types of submissions besides research papers from academics.

“We also accept technical papers, viewpoints and conceptual papers which are more relevant to practitioners.

“The peer review process will be done not only by academics but also practitioners because we want to make sure the paper is not only rigorous in terms of research, it must be of practical relevance in the context of the study, ” he explained.

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