PATTERNS AND TRENDS IN EVENT TOURISM STUDY TOPICS Open Access
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Event studies have been considered as one area of research discipline since the early 2000s. Because the significance of events as a motivator of tourism has become obvious, interest in the study of events has continuously increased. However, there have been few attempts to investigate past studies in the event field. If the event field is to become more sophisticated and mature, it is necessary to examine the progress which has been achieved in event studies. For the reason, the present study purposed to investigate shifts and patterns evident in event studies over the past thirty years. By reviewing 178 event-related articles collected from the Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Travel Research, and Tourism Management, published between 1980 and 2010, an investigation was carried out in regard to trends in academic writings related to events. The current study also looked for possible factors that could affect the topics of event studies. The study found that, even though the number of event studies has dramatically increased since 2000, and subject areas have become more diversified, the focus has still remained on a very limited number of topics. This study contributes insights into directions for future event research based on the main findings.