Tourism is a central part of regional development strategies in many localities around Europe, not just in traditional coastal or mountain resorts but also in areas without a strong track record with regard to visitor economy. In a globalising world, destinations can no longer take their traditional visitors for granted and escape growing competitive pressures, because increasingly experienced, specialised and demanding travellers now have a vastly greater number of potential destinations to choose from. Both well-established and emerging tourist destinations are therefore under pressure to be innovative to increase their attractiveness in the globalising visitor economy. This book focuses on the role played by tourist destinations – conceived as multi-layered and functional governance structures – in stimulating or complicating the development of new tourist experiences. The complex relationship between firm-level and territorial development dynamics is, of course, by no means confined to tourism development, and the book will therefore be of a more general relevance for research into innovation and spatial development dynamics.
This book was published as a special issue of European Planning Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Innovation and Tourism Destination Development Henrik Halkier, Marek Kozak and Bo Svensson
2. Bridging the Knowledge-gap Between the Old and the New: Regional Marine Experience Production in Orust, Västra Götaland, Sweden Anders Larsson and Kristina N. Lindström
3. Governance in Multi-Project Networks: Lessons from a Failed Destination Branding Effort Eva Gustafsson, Mia Larson and Bo Svensson
4. Mussels, Tourism and Community Development: A Case Study of Place Branding Through Food Festivals in Rural North Jutland, Denmark Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt and Henrik Halkier
5. Innovation, Tourism and Destination Development: Dolnośląskie Case Study Marek W. Kozak
6. World Heritage and Tourism Innovation: Institutional Frameworks and Local Adaptation Susanna Heldt Cassel and Albina Pashkevich
7. Beyond the Transfer of Capital? Second-Home Owners as Competence Brokers for Rural Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ingeborg Nordbø
8. Innovation and Destination Governance in Denmark: Tourism, Policy Networks and Spatial Development Henrik Halkier
9. Tourism Lobbying in Bavaria: Between Ignorance, Parochialism and Opportunism Markus Pillmayer and Nicolai Scherle
Henrik Halkier is professor of regional and tourism studies at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Marek Kozak is professor of regional and tourism studies at Warsaw University, Poland.
Bo Svensson is associate professor of political science at Mid-Sweden University, Sweden.