Destination Canada, the University of Guelph, and the Travel and Tourism Research Association have teamed up to support tourism researchers across Canada. The partnership includes both a funding component and an open tourism research database where researchers can access thousands of raw datasets.
The database includes over 52,000,000 data points about travellers’ perceptions of Canada, representing survey results from approximately 118,226 people surveyed from 2007-2013.
In addition, in partnership with the Travel and Tourism Research Association and University of Guelph, Destination Canada is offering one or more grants to support the advancement of Canadian tourism research. Researchers from any Canadian academic institution can apply for funding of up to $10,000 for tourism-related projects.
“This program allows us to bring “big data” to tourism researchers, for the first time ever,” said Chantz Strong, Destination Canada’s Executive Director of Consumer and Market Intelligence. “We are really looking forward to working with the successful applicants to improve the quality and quantity of tourism-related research in Canada.”
“We're excited by the research possibilities that the accessibility of this data provides to students and faculty,” said Statia Elliot, Director, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management of the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph. “We hope this will contribute to the advancement of Canada's market intelligence.”
Research projects should focus on the evolution of Canada's tourism brand, in particular how external events (political, economic, social media or other) have an effect on perceptions over time, and how those perceptions influence destination choice.
Grant recipients will be asked to present their findings at the next Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) International conference in June 2017 in Quebec City or at the TTRA Canada Conference in Halifax.
More details will be posted on the TRRA website in the coming days at www.ttracanada.ca
To view the database, see: https://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/dataverse/dc
For all information please contact the Director, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management (College of Business and Economics), Statia Elliot at statia [at] uoguelph [dot] ca.