Sample Research Proposal on THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON TOURISM OF THE FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE OUTBREAK IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Economic sustainability in most developed nations is fueled by the growth of the tourism industry. The tourism sector comprises around 30 percent of international services trade in many nations. Many member-countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development can obtain 70 percent of revenues from various tourism and hospitality activities (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 2006). The
The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in 2001 can be considered a natural disaster that struck
From the above facts, it can be deduced that the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the
SUMMARY OF METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH
The study entitled "A Research Proposal on the Negative Impacts on Tourism of the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001" is an attempt to gather available data on the adverse effects of the outbreak to the number of tourists and tourist expenditures to the United Kingdom during the period of the outbreak. The study will utilize the exploratory research design in gathering the data for the study though review of available literature on the issue and interview to some tourist officials. Exploratory research is warranted when an interesting issue has not been subject to a complete definition from prior theory or empirical research (Schwab 2005, p. 295). This type of research typically depends on secondary data such as available literature or qualitative research techniques such as informal discussions with people who have knowledge on the topic, interviews, case studies, and focused group methods (Wikipedia 2006). Findings from exploratory research best serve as a basis for additional research or as significant contribution to established data on the issue (Schwab 2005, p. 295). This method is deemed applicable to the current study since the topic has been discussed and researched by few people before but still a complete description on the situation is hardly evident. Thus, the researcher aspires to supplement the existing literature on the topic with this research attempt.