1st Edition

The Economic Geography of the Tourist Industry A Supply-Side Analysis

Edited By Keith G. Debbage, Dimitri Ioannides Copyright 1998
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Economic Geography of the Tourist Industry bridges the gap between tourism research and economic geography by bringing together leading academics in geography, planning and tourism. The authors explain tourism's definitions and examine whether tourism can be categorized as an industry. They provide detailed analyses of key sectors, such as tour operators, airlines and the hotel industry from a broad international perspective. The book also explores issues such as business cycles, labour dynamics, entrepreneurship and the role of the state in tourism and concludes that the production of tourism-related services has characteristics commonly associated with 'harder' production sectors, such manufacturing and producer services.

    1. Introduction: Exploring the Economic Geography-Tourism Nexus PART A: CONCEPTUAL AND DEFINITIONAL ISSUES: BARRIERS TO THEORY 2. The Tourist Industry and Economic Geography: Missed Opportunities, 3. Tourism as an Industry: Debates and Concepts, 4. The Tourism Production System and the Logic of Industrial Classification, Part B: THE DEMAND SIDE 5. The Determinants of Tourism Demand: A Theoretical Perspective PART C: NEO-FORDISM and FLEXIBILITY: A SECTORAL APPROACH 6. Neo-Fordism and Flexible Specilization in the Travel Industry: Dissecting the Polyglot, 7. Distribution Technologies and Destination Development: Myths and Realities, 8. Tour Operators: The Gatekeepers of Tourism, 9. The Airline Industry and Tourism, 10. Continuity and Change in the Hotel Industry: Some Evidence from Montreal PART D: GLOBAL-LOCAL NEXUS:PLACE COMMODIFICATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LABOUR 11. The Institutional Setting -Tourism and the State, 12. Tourism and Economic Development Policy: The Case of US Cities, 13. Entrepreneurship, Small Business Culture and Tourism Development, 14. Tourism in the Third Italy: Labor and Social-Business Networks, PART E: CYCLES AND INNOVATIONS 15. Economic Business Cycles and the Tourism Cycle Concept, CONCLUSION 16. Conclusion: Synthesis and New Directions


    Keith G. Debbage, Dimitri Ioannides

    "This book is to be highly commended for the fact that it not only informs but stimulates. It will be surprising if it does not inspire a wide range of research by geographers in general, and economic geographers in particular, into one of the most overreaching and dynamic forms of economic activity: the major face and force of contemporary tourism" Erlet Cater, University of Reading; Information Technology and Tourism Vol 2 1999