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Doctoral Research AbstractKarun_Rawat_Clocktower

This study calls upon the perceptions of Sherpas (a minority ethnic group residing along the Himalayan region of Nepal) about their profession as tour guides. They are primarily vehicles for communication, but how do they support the tourism system as a whole? For this reason, the purpose of this ethnographic study is to explore and understand the perspective of Sherpas about their profession, which also nurtures the relationship with the tourists to generate favourable outcomes for the communities, tourists and tourist system.

Education & Background

BSc in Hospitality, Hotel administration, Nutrition & Applied Food Science IGNOU University, Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Goa, India (2009).

Master of Science in Tourism (By Research) Taylor’s University, Malaysia (Graduated on November, 2015).

Nominated for best customer service all India as team member in Domino’s Fast Food Outlet, Goa, India, 2009.

Awarded with UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories Program as International Interns for 2015 Summer Monitoring Field Work in Jiaozuo, China, 2015.

Primary Research Interests

Rural Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Tourism Entrepreneurship


Research Publication:
Rawat, K., Bouchon, F. & Nair, V. (2015). Exploring the role of Innovation for Socio-Economic Transformation in Rural Areas of ASEAN: Case Study of a “non-formal education” School in Thailand. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes: 7(5). (SCOPUS indexed).

Research Report:
Rawat, K. (2015). The impact of rural transformation on SME’s ; A case study of Yuntai Mountain on Henan Province, Observatories Report Presented on “Monitoring Centre for UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatories (MCSTO).

Book Chapter:
Rawat, K., & Khoo-Lattimore, C. (2015). Gender Issues in Asia: The impact of masculinities in researcher-respondent relationship: A socio-historical perspective, London: Routledge.

Book Review:
Rawat, K
. (2014). Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Tourism by Ali, A., & Andrew, F.J. (2013). TEAM

Conference Papers:
Rawat, K
., & Bouchon, F., & Nair, V. (2015). Home away from home. 21st Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA) 14-17 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rawat, K. (2015). Exploring the role of innovation in rural areas of ASIAN for social economic transformation. 9th Graduate Research Colloquium, 2014, Taylor’s University, Malaysia.

Bouchon, F., & Rawat, K (2015). Rural Areas of ASEAN and Tourism Services, a field for innovative solutions? Full Paper. The 6th International Research Symposium in Service Management (IRSSM-6). 11-15 August 2015, UiTM Sarawak, Kuching, Malaysia. (SCOPUS Index).


Poster Presentation Home away from home. 21st Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference (APTA) 14-17 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.