Application of appreciative inquiry in tourism research in rural communities

Gyan Nyaupane, Surya Poudel

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Appreciative inquiry is a participatory research method based on positive psychology. Founded upon grounded theory and the social constructivist paradigm, appreciative inquiry is a simple, effective, and epistemologically sound tool to understand the rural population's knowledge, needs, and priorities without alienating them from research. Based on the study conducted to comprehend the interrelationships among conservation, livelihood, and tourism development in three rural communities located in the vicinity of Chitwan National Park, Nepal, this study argues that appreciative inquiry can be a useful tool for conducting tourism research in rural communities. This study employs five steps, including grounding, discovery, dream, design, and destiny.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-987
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Action research
  • Constructivism
  • Grounded theory
  • Methodology
  • Participatory research
  • Positive psychology
  • Rural tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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