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1st Edition

Tourism Destination Evolution

ISBN 9781472453990
Published July 31, 2016 by Routledge
200 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Outlining the need for fresh perspectives on change in tourism, this book offers a theoretical overview and empirical examples of the potential synergies of applying evolutionary economic geography (EEG) concepts in tourism research. EEG has proven to be a powerful explanatory paradigm in other sectors and tourism studies has a track record of embracing, adapting, and enhancing frameworks from cognate fields. EEG approaches to tourism studies complement and further develop studies of established themes such as path dependence and the Tourism Area Life Cycle. The individual chapters draw from a broad geographical framework and address distinct conceptual elements of EEG, using a diverse set of tourism case studies from Europe, North America and Australia. Developing the theoretical cohesion of tourism and EEG, this volume also gives non-specialist tourism scholars a window into the possibilities of using these concepts in their own research. Given the timing of this publication, it has great potential value to the wider tourism community in advancing theory and leading to more effective empirical research.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors
Preface by Dieter F. Kogler

1. Why is Tourism Not an Evolutionary Science? Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of Destination Evolution

(Patrick Brouder, Salvador Anton Clavé, Alison Gill, and Dimitri Ioannides)

2. Destination Dynamics, Path Dependency, and Resilience: Regaining Momentum in Danish Coastal Tourism Destinations?

(Henrik Halkier and Laura James)

3. Contested Pathways Towards Tourism Destination Sustainability in Whistler, British Columbia: An Evolutionary Governance Model

(Alison M. Gill and Peter W. Williams)

4. Tourism Area Research and Economic Geography Theories: Investigating the Notions of Co-evolution and Regional Innovation Systems

(Robert Hassink and Mulan Ma)

5. Moments as Catalysts for Change in Tourism Destinations’ Evolutionary Paths

(Cinta Sanz-Ibáñez, Julie Wilson, and Salvador Anton Clavé)

6 Path Dependence in Remote Area Tourism Development: Why Institutional Legacies Matter

(Doris Anna Carson and Dean Bradley Carson)

7 Knowledge Transfer in the Hotel Industry and the ‘De-locking’ of Central and Eastern Europe

(Piotr Niewiadomski)

8 Co-evolution and Sustainable Tourism Development: From Old Institutional Inertia to New Institutional Imperatives in Niagara

(Patrick Brouder and Christopher Fullerton)

9 Regional Development and Leisure in Fryslân: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective through Evolutionary Economic Geography

(Jasper F. Meekes, Constanza Parra, and Gert De Roo)

10 Tourism and Economic Geography Redux: EEG’s Role in Scholarship Bridge Construction

(Dimitri Ioannides and Patrick Brouder)


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Patrick Brouder is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geography, Brock University, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Research Associate at the Department of Tourism Studies and Geography, Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

Salvador Anton Clavé is Full Professor of Regional Geographical Analysis at Rovira i Virgili University, where he serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Tourism and Leisure. His research concentrates on the analysis of the evolution of tourism destinations, tourism and city design and planning, the globalization of theme parks and attractions, the impact of ICT on tourism, and tourism policies and local development.

Alison Gill is a Professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with a joint appointment in the Department of Geography and the School of Resource and Environmental Management. Her research interests are in the evolution of destinations with respect to issues of growth management, sustainability and governance.

Dimitri Ioannides is Professor of Human Geography at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. He has varied research interests in tourism, including the economic geography of the tourism sector as well as tourism within the context of sustainable development.