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24 January 2020

FITUR 2020 awards the best tourism research paper

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“Evolution, trends and future lines of Corporate Social Responsibility in the tourism Sector: a bibliometric analysis” was the winner. The winner of the Tribuna FITUR Jorge Vila Fradera Award will be published and distributed among the academic community and the tourism industry business sector.

The International Tourism Fair, FITUR, announced today the Tribuna FITUR Jorge Vila Fradera Award, which it organises in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Scientific Experts on Tourism, AECIT, to acknowledge the best academic research paper relating to the tourism industry.

On this 21st edition the award went to the paper: “Evolution, trends and future lines of Corporate Social Responsibility in the tourism Sector: a bibliometric analysis” by Carlos Sánchez-Camacho Muñoz and David Martín–Consuegra Navarro.

The paper discusses how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an issue with increasing interest in a multitude of areas, both in the professional and in the academic fields. Specifically, in the latter, there are increasingly more research papers focusing on studying various aspects of CSR, performed in practically all academic disciplines. There are several works especially dedicated to synthesising a global definition of this concept. However, it is different in the tourism sector, where research on CSR is not as developed compared to other disciplines. An important research opportunity was thus seen in the tourism industry, based on achieving a general summary of the scientific production on CSR. Therefore, bibliometrics is an attractive option to cover this endeavour. Consequently, this research paper uses SciMAT

software to analyse a large amount of bibliometric information published on CSR within tourism.

The jury panel recognised with this Award the hard work and dedication of the experts, studying and researching to achieve a tourism industry of excellence. The criteria taken into account were: the degree of innovation, methodology, work structure and references used.

The winner was chosen by a panel of experts, comprised of a Technical-Scientific Selection Committee from among the members of the AECIT, as well as the sponsors of this Tribuna and FITUR representatives.