Do Tourism and Project Management Need Each Other?

While the relationship between tourism and project management (PM) seems logical in business practice, it seems that academic literature does not follow this reasoning.

In the paper “Do Tourism and Project Management Need Each Other? Insight From Top-Ranked Tourism and Project Management Journals”, Professor Marko Perić examines whether there is an interrelationship between tourism and PM in the academic literature, and if so, what is the nature of this connection. To this aim, he examines ten top-ranked PM and tourism journals represented in Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC).

PM journals do not recognize tourism as an attractive field of research because only nine papers (out of 2,995 published) refer to tourism or tourists. Moreover, from 11,332 papers published in tourism journals, 269 papers allude to projects mostly focusing on three major themes:

  1. Tourism development projects
  2. Local communities
  3. Tourist experiences

However, the term “project” refers mostly to studied cases, while Knowledge Areas (PMKAs), which are the core of PM, are mentioned only sporadically. The findings suggest that the connection between tourism and PM in academia is not as strong as the business practice would suggest. Academics should pay more attention to the fact that PM knowledge needs to be applied and integrated into the tourism industry and its projects.

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[1] Marko Perić, PhD, is Full professor at University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija, Croatia.

[2] Perić, M. (2022). Do tourism and project management need each other? Insight from top-ranked tourism and project management journals. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 70 (4), 536-554.