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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 15 (Page no: 187)

Dynamics of destination governance: governance and metagovernance in the composite industrial environment of destinations.

This chapter incorporates important insights from complexity, network and stakeholder theories in order to further develop various approaches and solutions to destination governance. The concept of 'destination' is contextualized in the discussion of a multifaceted definition. A distinction is made from the traditional visitor-focused approach in which a tourist destination is seen only as a purposebuilt, multi-amenity place where visitors base themselves. The chapter acknowledges that more recent concepts include local involvement and decision making, as well as environmental considerations and a component-sector approach (including various sectors of the tourism industry). In developing this concept further, there is also discussion of scale issues for tourist destinations at the local/regional (micro) level and management activities (programmes, structures, systems and processes), as opposed to the national (macro) level where broader policies and planning occur and have influence on these destinations. After making the micro-macro connection and developing the concept further regarding the tourist destination, the authors discuss the important strategic approach of destination governance that includes planning, management and development, as well as including sustainability principles highlighting the involvement of the diversity of stakeholders for the benefit of all. Of special importance in this discussion of tourist destination governance solutions is the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the development and effective use of networks, collaborations and community engagement, as well as change. The authors emphasize the numerous benefits of the use of ICT in the context of destination development, in facilitating these approaches, providing knowledge and information distribution, increasing efficiency and productivity, enhancing decision making, reducing costs and improving the interaction of stakeholders and networks of relevance. As discussed in the above summaries, each of the chapters in this part of the book provides further understanding regarding the approaches and solutions of tourist destination governance, including aspects of structural change, community engagement, networks and collaborations in the context of 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: 14 (Page no: 173) A stakeholder approach for sustainable community-based rural tourism development in Thailand. Author(s): Choibamroong, T.
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
  • Department of Food and Tourism Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Hollings Campus, Old Hall Lane, Manchester M14 6HR, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845937942
  • Record Number
  • 20113183438