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Kinh and ethnic tourism stakeholder participation and collaboration in tourism planning in Sapa, Vietnam

Nguyen, H.V., Lee, D. and Newsome, D. (2020) Kinh and ethnic tourism stakeholder participation and collaboration in tourism planning in Sapa, Vietnam. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, ahead-of-print .

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-12-2018-0179
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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to explore the Kinh and ethnic stakeholders’ participation and collaboration in tourism planning in Sapa, Vietnam.

Design/methodology/approach
The primary data collection involved semi-structured interviews with 33 key tourism stakeholders, and data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

Findings
The findings reveal that in terms of participation and collaboration in tourism planning, there is little difference between the Kinh and ethnic groups. Tourism planning is viewed as a top-down approach, and both groups at the community level have very limited participation in tourism planning activities. However, at the on-site management level, there are opposing views between high (Kinh) and low (ethnic) management levels about participation in tourism planning. Both groups recognize the need for interdependence regarding collaboration in tourism planning. They also share similar aspects in regard to facilitating and hindering their participation in tourism planning.

Research limitations/implications
The limitations of this study include the use of a qualitative method, which limited the number of respondents. Future research could benefit from the application of quantitative research methods to include a greater number of local tourism stakeholders.

Practical implications
This study contributes to a better understanding of tourism planning in the Vietnamese context and has some practical implications for destination management and policymaking.

Originality/value
This is the first study to investigate the perspectives of Kinh and ethnic groups in term of participation and collaboration in tourism planning in the Vietnamese context.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Emerald
Copyright: © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55341
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