New journal on responsible tourism management to be published in Sarawak

  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Aug 2020

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah launching the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/ The Star

KUCHING: A new journal will be published in Sarawak that brings together expertise from academics and practitioners on responsible tourism management.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management is the first international journal in tourism and hospitality to be published in the state and edited by Sarawakians, with the first issue to be out next January.

It is 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 the local context," Abdul Karim said when launching the journal here on Monday (Aug 10).

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

He said submissions were being accepted from both academics and practitioners.

"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.

The Journal's editor-in-chief Assoc Prof Dr Hiram Ting said the journal will be published twice a year.

He 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 said.

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