Towards Decolonising Tourism and Hospitality Research in the Philippines

Aquino, R
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In recent years, scholarshave focused their attention on demarcatingthe neocolonial situations that permeate the tourism and hospitality academy. The ‘critical turn’ in tourism studies called forthe decolonisation of tourism and hospitalityresearch.Inthis paper, Iexplore and challenge the state of tourism and hospitality research in the Philippines, by analysing the works of Filipino tourism and hospitality academics.Through a systematic quantitative literature review, I identifythe research themes investigatedby Filipino scholars on Philippine tourism and hospitality andexaminethe methodologies and epistemologies employed in the selected research outputs.The findings indicate that colonial legacies and neocolonial situations are strongly present in Philippinetourism and hospitality knowledge production.To challenge these scenarios, I suggesta decolonial agenda informed bySikolohiyang Pilipino(Filipino psychology),anativeepistemological perspective. This article serves as acontribution to the epistemological decolonisation of tourism knowledge production in Asian contexts.

Decolonisation; Epistemology; Hospitality research; Neocolonialism; Philippines; Sikolohiyang Pilipino; Tourism research
Tourism Management Perspectives, 31, 72-84.
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