In this book, Dr. Jacqueline Korir opines that tourism is a multi-faceted discipline that is informed by diverse perceptions and views. The aim of this book is to provide tourism lecturers, students and practitioners with discussions and arguments on different aspects such as cultural tourism, policy and planning in tourism, challenges faced in tourism, sustainable tourism, among others. Most of the articles arose from research undertaken for assignments at postgraduate levels which the authors felt that instead of the effort of research and compiling going to waste, the same could be compiled to make others benefit by simplifying their work and at the same time disseminating knowledge from various sources. Consequently, the editor encourages students to take assignment writing, especially at postgraduate level, seriously with a view to turning them to publications. All the articles resulted from document analysis contrary to the common perception that academic publications require use of hard data collection instruments. The book will appeal to readers who are concerned with research, writing and developing concepts related to tourism.
One must appreciate and commend the effort and the vision of Dr. Korir for coordinating such a noble process. With Tourism being a developing disciplinary area in this country and Africa in general, this is a critical text as the authors give illustrations with special reference to Africa [Dr. J. B. Okong’o; School of Arts & Social Sciences, Moi University, Kenya].
Dr. Jacqueline Cheptepkeny Korir holds PhD. in Tourism Management, MPhil in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Hotel and Hospitality Management from Moi University, Kenya where she is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Tourism Hospitality and Events Management. Before her academic career, Jacqueline was a banker at the National Bank of Kenya where she developed an interest in entrepreneurship that later saw her move from running a restaurant to a star-rated hotel in Eldoret town. Besides, her passion in the hospitality sector culminated in her establishing a dynamic event management company. She has a vision of transforming hospitality, tourism and event management practices in the North Rift region of Kenya.