International Symposium on Tourism for Peaceにて研究発表を行いました
2017年8月9日（水）～11日（金）にかけて長崎で開催されたInternational Symposium on Tourism for Peace (IST4P) の2017年大会に、本学国際観光学研究センター(CTR) 専任研究員であるDr. Amnaj Khaokhrueamuangが参加し、研究発表を行いました。
Dark Tourism on Japanese Military Routes in Northern Thailand
The present paper explores the dark tourism sites along the Japanese military routes in northern Thailand during World War II to understand the current tourism phenomenon and its development by using qualitative research approaches. These include reviewing the recorded document, surveying the original Japanese military routes, observing the sites, gathering the oral history, and informally interviewing the locals regarding the war and dark tourism development. The collected data was analyzed with the Sharpley’s matrix of dark tourism demand and supply to make suggestions on sustaining dark tourism. The study found that the highway 1095 and some parts of 108 from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, originally constructed by the Japanese army and northern Thai laborers, led to the story of friendship between the Japanese soldiers and locals. This history became the theme promoting dark tourism for more than two decades. However, this seems to not have been a success due to less demand for historical interests compared to the facilitation of sites, which was assumed as the “grey tourism supply.” This situation poses challenges in rethinking the place identity. The story of grief, sympathy, friendship, and even love and conflict among the Thai ethnic groups (Tai Yai and Karen) and Japanese soldiers has been deliberated for constructing the identity of sites of war in northern Thailand.
IST4Pは、被爆72周年の長崎原爆犠牲者慰霊平和祈念式典の開催に合わせてInternational Education for Sustainable Development (INTESDA) によって主催されました。発表テーマは、遺産やダークツーリズムを始め、デスティネーションブランディングやEツーリズム、エコツーリズム、サステナブルツーリズム、ヘルス＆ウェルネスツーリズム、ホテル＆ホスピタリティマネジメント、観光計画、観光政策等と多岐に渡りました。
◆IST4P 2017 大会ホームページ http://intesda.org/information-communication-technology-human-development/