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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 8 (Page no: 91)

Responding to crises in Thailand: a governance analysis.

This chapter has a focus on governance decision making during a number of major crises that Thailand has faced over the past decade which have had significant impacts on tourism. This chapter shows, through an exploratory analysis, the way in which a national government reacted and the decisions made with relevance to destination governance during a time of crisis. The chapter also describes a very useful concept for governance, particularly with relevance to tourist destination decision making. The definition refers to governance in terms of dealing with 'the ways in which decision-making power is organized and used' and 'understood to include the processes and institutions responsible for decision making about tourism, notably various levels of government, as well as tourism promotion organizations, development bureaus, private sector enterprises and local community or resident groups'. The authors develop further in this chapter the concept of governance to include both exercises in power as well as workings of democracy and participation in decision making. Of particular interest, this chapter includes the effects of governance decisions relating to tourist destinations during a period of crisis. Two particular crisis situations are explored-major democratic protests in Bangkok, as well as the response and reactions to the Boxing Day 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Through this review, the authors indicate the importance of strong proactive, strategic and structured approaches to future potential crises. In addition, the chapter discusses the challenges and potential ineffectiveness of tourism industry responses to major crises and the importance of governance approaches (with the possibility of collaboration with industry) in dealing more effectively with large, potentially negative events.

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: 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: 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
  • DPU International College, Dhurakij Pundit University, 6th Floor, Building 6, 110/1-4 Prachachuen Road, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Thailand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937942
  • Record Number
  • 20113183431