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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 14 (Page no: 173)

A stakeholder approach for sustainable community-based rural tourism development in Thailand.

This chapter explores the approach of tourist destination governance with a focus on community-based tourism in Thailand. Through five case studies, the chapter explores a number of factors in the failure and success of community-based tourism development, and the importance of an integrated stakeholder approach in achieving potential success. These cases are then used to set forth guidelines for governance in countries with similar circumstances. While acknowledging the many challenges that Thailand has faced due to natural and political crises, the examples provide a constructive context for understanding the approaches and successes (as well as constraints) for rural- and community-based tourist destination development. After analysing and generalizing the cases, lessons learned are put forward regarding governance approaches, with particular emphasis on stakeholder involvement in creating more sustainable community-based rural destinations. These include the strengthening of local communities and their structures, effective decision-making processes, mechanisms for functional rural tourism communities, building collaborative networks, providing a mechanism for understanding both community and visitor needs fully, developing and monitoring benchmarking approaches and the provision of rural tourism product positioning, along with strategic sustainable planning including action plans, implementation and review. The chapter concludes by acknowledging the diversity of governance approaches and capacity building, as well as the balance needed between more universal solutions in addition to appreciation of the knowledge and local wisdom in rural 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: 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: 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
  • NIDA Center of Integrated Tourism Management Studies (NITS), National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), 118 Moo3, Sereethai Road, Klong-Chan, Bang-Kapi, Bangkok 10240, Thailand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937942
  • Record Number
  • 20113183437