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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 ...


Chapter 6 (Page no: 67)

The role of knowledge in good governance for tourism.

This chapter discusses the role of knowledge in good governance for tourist destinations. In this context, the chapter identifies the broad processes and institutions involved in governance and decision making regarding tourism. These include levels of government, promotion and marketing organizations, tourism industry sectors, residents groups and community leaders, in addition to development organizations with a focus on tourism. The key focus of this chapter is to explore the importance of knowledge in being responsive and in achieving successful (or unsuccessful) outcomes in destination governance. Numerous challenges and barriers to sustainable tourism development are described through her analysis of 100 case studies of development processes in peripheral regions internationally. By exploring knowledge provision, communication and ownership, the chapter makes a case for its importance in successful tourism governance. Once these issues and barriers have been identified, principles for the effective use of knowledge in tourist destination governance are discussed. A number of factors, such as the importance of knowledge in reference to destination management systems, participation mechanisms and educational approaches, are developed further in the later section of the chapter. In order to explore the importance of knowledge further, the chapter develops a concept of 'good' governance in the context of tourism development and decision making, primarily moving away from the exercise of power and towards enhanced democratic, community capacity building and participatory approaches to destination management. The importance of sustainability and public involvement in decision making and governance are acknowledged. The chapter concludes in stressing the importance of knowledge provision and the movement away from tourism as primarily an economic resource that has been the focus in regional community development, with a shift toward governance which emphasizes tourism as a community resource and social force. This chapter has introduced the reader to issues and considerations of destination governance and presents an overview of the following four chapters. Though solutions may be found for dealing with specific governance challenges, understanding the diversity of issues and considerations which impact on destination governance may provide a strong foundation for developing more integrated, sustainable and comprehensive approaches for governance within tourist destinations.

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: 4 (Page no: 39) Tourism in St Andrews: conflicting governance in the Mecca of Golf. Author(s): Butler, R. W.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 51) Issues and pressures on achieving effective community destination governance: a typology. Author(s): Richins, H.
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
  • School of Business, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937942
  • Record Number
  • 20113183429