Yohei Okamoto  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Yohei Okamoto
    MPhil (Murdoch); PostGradDipTour (Murdoch); BBusAdm (Kyoto Sangyo University)

    Associate Lecturer, Social Sciences (Tourism and Events)

    About me

    I am an Associate Lecturer in Tourism and Events at Murdoch University, based in Perth Australia. My current research focuses on philosophical and pedagogical issues in Australian post-secondary tourism education focusing on the similarities and differences between the Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) sectors, and the examination of digital game-based learning (DGBL) as a pedagogical tool for sustainable tourism education.

    I have been working as a full time academic at Murdoch University since January 2017 and now coordinate and teach a wide range of tourism and events related units at Murdoch University. Prior to the current role, I had worked in various tourism, event and hospitality establishments, including five-star hotels, tour operators and a travel agency also as a tourism and hospitality lecturer in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for four years.

    Teaching area

    TOU102 Travel and Tourism in Society (Coordinator)

    TOU232 Festivals and Events (Coordinator)

    TOU221 Sustainable Tourism (Teaching only)

    TOU230 Cultural Tourism Interpretation (Coordinator)

    TOU231 Indigenous Tourism Issues (Coordinator)

    TOU306 Hospitality and Tourism Project (Coordinator)

    TOU322 Tourism and Events Project (Coordinator – Singapore/Kaplan only)

    TOU323 Destination Management (Coordinator)

    Research areas

    Tourism education and training

    Philosophical issues in tourism research

    Digital game-based learning for sustainable tourism education

    Transformative learning through education tourism (e.g., study tours)

    Bicycle tourism

    Awards and grants

    Jan 2022: New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant, Sustainable Tourism Development: Asian Study Tour, $33,000

    Jan 2018: Best Paper Award, ASEAN Tourism Research Association  Conference (ATRAC) 2018, Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University.

    Events and speaking engagements

    July 2018: Invited Speaker, “Introduction to Sustainable Tourism”, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan.


    Okamoto, Y. (2022). Cycle Tourism. In D. Buhalis (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing. Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Okamoto, Y. (2021). Applying the Interpretive Social Science Paradigm to Research on Tourism Education and Training. In A. Pabel, J. Pryce, A. Anderson (Eds.) Research Paradigm Considerations for Emerging Scholars. Channel View Publications.

    Tan, E., & Okamoto, Y. (2018). iPlay, iLearn, iConserve: Digital Game-based Learning for Sustainable Tourism Education. In ASEAN Tourism Research Association Conference (ATRC) 2018. Phuket, Thailand: Prince of Songkla University.

    Okamoto, Y., Lee, D., & Price, A. (2017). Ontological, ideological and epistemological influences shaping tourism education and training today. In C. Lee, S. Filep, J. N. Albrecht, & W. J. Coetzee (Eds.), CAUTHE 2017 Conference: Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow (pp. 968–971). Dunedin: CAUTHE.

    Okamoto, Y., Lee, D., & Price, A. (2015). A review of Australian tourism education studies: 2001-2013. In E. Wilson & M. Witsel (Eds.), CAUTHE 2015: Rising Tides and Sea Changes: Adaptation and Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality (pp. 1–13). Gold Coast, QLD: School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University.