Contemporary Destination Governance: A Case Study Approach (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice)

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9781783501120: Contemporary Destination Governance: A Case Study Approach (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice)

'Governance is about managing networks'. This quote from political scientist Rod A.W. Rhodes pioneered a whole series of governance studies in different disciplines. Accordingly, destination governance describes the collective management of tourism destinations. Promoting collective action in tourism destinations means dealing with a myriad of different actors and applying various instruments. Probably the most basic requirement is to take into account the peculiarities of every single destination. Therefore, this book approaches the issue of contemporary destination governance from a case study point of view focusing on 16 destinations. In contrast to other publications in the field of destination governance, the book concentrates on the discussion of cases and the peculiarities of destinations which influence the destination governance. It demonstrates how different theories from the fields of organizational studies, strategic management, tourism research and sociology can enlighten our understanding of particular real-world situations. Last but not least the bottom-up approach supports practitioners and students by making otherwise complex theories accessible to a broader audience.

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Harald Pechlaner - Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Eichstatt, Germany
Pietro Beritelli - University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Sabine Pichler - Institute for Regional Development and Location Management
Mike Peters - MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria
Noel Scott - The University of Queensland, Australia


This collection of case studies for advanced students, scholars, and practitioners offers a comparative perspective on destination governance, taking into account different stakeholders interests. International contributors in tourism, regional development, sustainable tourism development, and location management draw on ideas from political science and sociology. The opening chapter describes the emerging landscape of destination governance. This is followed by three chapter-length cases each from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Australia, and Canada, offering a total of 16 case studies. Each set of cases is preceded by a short overview. Each case follows a similar format, providing basic statistics of the destination, history of development of the destination, description of products and markets, depiction of governance at the destination, and an account of the destination s outlook for the future. Each case study concludes with discussion questions. The final chapter offers a foundation for a theory of destination governance. Black and white maps and summary charts are included. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. --Annotation ©2015 Ringgold Inc. Portland, OR (

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