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Tourist destination governance: practice, theory and issues.

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This book examines the political order and the issues, processes and approaches in applying governance insights to tourist destinations. The book consists of 16 chapters presented in three parts. Part I introduces the reader to the issues and considerations of tourist destination governance. The four chapters in this part address the diversity of questions of relevance around regional destination ...

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Chapter 4 (Page no: 39)

Tourism in St Andrews: conflicting governance in the Mecca of Golf.

This chapter examines closely the conflicts in governance of a destination with a strong history and a primary focus on one type of special interest tourism-golf. The case study presented by Richard Butler explores the diversity of views which are often prevalent in regional communities due to the differing values residents place on local assets and attractions. An attraction of familiarity and interest to golfing enthusiasts around the world, the Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is the destination's dominant attribute, which has been a driving force in creating its international appeal. The key challenges discussed in this case have relevance to issues (and perceptions) of control (local versus broader control), power (and the feeling of the residents' powerlessness with regard to influencing their future), achieving consensus (and/or acknowledgement of the future direction and population limits, or growth of the community), priority (a focus on golf at the expense of other possibilities for tourist experience and development) and community leadership (dysfunction, contradiction and change in terms of direction, organization and cohesiveness). This case study provides a history of the development of St. Andrews and concludes that a lack of leadership and effective local destination governance, coupled with strongly polarized views on future priorities and direction, has hampered the achievement of effective destination and community outcomes, and will continue to do so. This study of unresolved challenges and ineffective governance approaches could perhaps provide pointers to the development of success factors for effective destination governance.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Tourist destination governance: practice, theory and issues. Author(s): Laws, E. Agrusa, J. Scott, N. Richins, H.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Tourist destination governance challenges and concerns: questions of development, community involvement, responsiveness and future outcomes. Author(s): Richins, H. Agrusa, J. Scott, N. Laws, E.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Governance approaches in new tourist destination countries: introducing tourism law in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Author(s): Semone, P. Laws, E. Ruhanen, L. Wang Zhuo Scott, N.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 51) Issues and pressures on achieving effective community destination governance: a typology. Author(s): Richins, H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 67) The role of knowledge in good governance for tourism. Author(s): Moscardo, G.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 83) Tourist destination governance decision making: complexity, dynamics and influences. Author(s): Richins, H. Agrusa, J. Scott, N. Laws, E.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 91) Responding to crises in Thailand: a governance analysis. Author(s): Campiranon, K. Laws, E. Scott, N.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 103) Controversial ecotourism and stakeholder roles in governance: 'swim with humpback whales' in Vava'u. Author(s): Walker, K. Moscardo, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 117) Community empowered tourism development: a case study. Author(s): Agrusa, J. Albieri, G.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 137) Tourist destination governance approaches and solutions: structural change, community engagement, networks and collaborations. Author(s): Richins, H. Agrusa, J. Scott, N. Laws, E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 145) Structural change and re-engineering in tourism: a chance for destination governance in Grisons, Switzerland? Author(s): Boksberger, P. Anderegg, R. Schuckert, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 159) Design of tourism governance networks. Author(s): Baggio, R. Scott, N. Cooper, C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 173) A stakeholder approach for sustainable community-based rural tourism development in Thailand. Author(s): Choibamroong, T.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 187) Dynamics of destination governance: governance and metagovernance in the composite industrial environment of destinations. Author(s): Spyriadis, T. Buhalis, D. Fyall, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 203) Tourist destination governance: some approaches and suggestions for future research. Author(s): Scott, N. Laws, E. Agrusa, J. Richins, H.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0QU, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937942
  • Record Number
  • 20113183427