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Meeting ID: 838 2359 9934
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Giuseppe Alipert (DPRI, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow)
Lecture title: Being a researcher of tourism and disaster management in times of COVID-19: An overview on our contributions pre- and during the outbreak.
Abstract: This seminar includes the presentation the last 2 studies that Giuseppe has conducted since October 2019 to support tourism disaster management in Japan. His previous work at DPRI (2018/2019) focused on tourists’ risk perception and on the perspective of tourism suppliers, government, and academia regarding natural hazard risk communication to tourists in Japan. The output included two papers published by Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management Perspectives. During the last 10 months he enriched this discussion, taking into consideration the new scenario caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, in collaboration with Prof. Ana Maria Cruz, he completed two papers entitled:
1) Promoting built-for-disaster-purpose mobile applications: An interdisciplinary literature review to increase their penetration rate among tourists (accepted by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management and soon online);
2) Supporting the tourism sector’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-generational perspective (under review).
During this seminar, Giuseppe will summarize the main findings of these contributions. The first study focuses on the promotion and use of tourist-oriented built-for-disaster-purpose mobile applications. We systematically reviewed interdisciplinary academic contributions to analyze research on apps-users’ intention to adopt mobile applications. Findings suggest opportunities for future tourism-oriented studies aiming at increasing the number of users of built-for-disasters mobile applications. In particular, we provided a research agenda taking into consideration the geographical spread of the studies, the used research techniques, and the adopted theories. In the second study, we focused on the elements that may influence the risk perception of international tourists and influence their destination-choice. This study contributes to the theory by identifying behavioral similarities and differences across generations among American tourists. Referring to the theory of Tourism Consumption Systems and the Generational Theory, we measured American tourists’ intention to visit Japan after the COVID-19 emergency. The identification of behavioral similarities among travelers has been used to provide some predictability in behavior, useful to manage and control tourism flows after the COVID-19 emergency.
Short bio: Dr. Giuseppe Aliperti has several years of international working experience in the tourism industry. He is currently a JSPS Postdoctoral research fellow since 2018 at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University. After completing his PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy), he was a former visiting short-term JSPS research fellow at DPRI, and a visiting scientist at the United Nations University. His research interest focuses on tourism and disaster risk management. Starting from September 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor at the University of Deusto (Spain).