1st Edition

Tourism and Entrepreneurship

ISBN 9780750686358
Published May 19, 2009 by Routledge
480 Pages

USD $75.95

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Book Description

Tourism and Entrepreneurship: International Perspectives provides an innovative, interdisciplinary approach. This book takes, as its central theme, the role of entrepreneurship in the context of regional, local and national tourism development. By engaging with top academics in both tourism and entrepreneurship, this book delivers a cohesive, interdisciplinary examination of the most recent developments in both tourism and entrepreneurship.

Several key themes are explored and articulated through the following concepts and issues: tourism, innovation and entrepreneurship; the role and nature of individual and collective entrepreneurship in different contexts; the role of tourism in responding to development opportunities created by global forces and, finally, issues associated with tourism strategies and policies. Divided into four parts, the book reflects on the most relevant areas of tourism entrepreneurship:

  • understanding the conceptual basis of tourism entrepreneurship
  • creative use of entrepreneurship and processes of social innovation
  • tourism entrepreneurship mediating the global-local divide
  • sectoral strategies and policy issues of tourism entrepreneurship.

Tourism and Entrepreneurship: International Perspectives also:

  • explains the impact of tourism entrepreneurship on places and overall regional and destination development
  • examines the role of the public sector in facilitating the need for sustainable tourism development
  • examines the effects and implications of funding schemes and support programmes
  • takes the owner, manager and entrepreneur as the starting point of analysis to explore specific issues
  • allows practitioners and policy-makers to explore practical applications and best practice of theory through a diverse range of international case studies
  • contributed to by an international team of leading scholars in tourism and entrepreneurship

This book is a unique combination of theory, case studies and discussion highlighting the importance of entrepreneurial tourism activity for economic success. It is essential reading for students and researchers in both tourism and entrepreneurship.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Tourism Entrepreneurship – Concepts and Issues  3. Introduction and Overview to the Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Process  4. Sustaining Creative Entrepreneurship in Tourism – The Role of Innovation Systems  5. Women Empowerment Entrepreneurship Nexus in Tourism: Processes of Social Innovation  6. Entrepreneurs, Institutions and Institutional Entrepreneurship: New Light through Old Windows?  7. Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Tourism: Public Sector Experiences of Innovation Activity in Tourism in Scandinavia and Scotland  8. Entrepreneurial Crafts and the Tourism Industry  9. Tourism Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: Example from New Zealand  10. Entrepreneurial Wildlife Exploitation in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Overview  11. Bridging the Global-Local Divide: Lessons from Indigenous Entrepreneurship on Vatulele Island, Fiji  12. Building Institutional, Economic and Social Capacities: The Role of NGOs in the Context of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia  13. The Public Policy Context of Tourism Entrepreneurship  14. A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Tourism Development  15. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), Entrepreneurship And SMTEs  16. Access to Finance: Delivery Structures and the Problems Faced by Micro & Small Tourism Entrepreneurs  17. Tourism Distribution: From Structure to Strategy Douglas G. Pearce  18. Understanding and Influencing the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Tourism Students  19. Tourism in Wartime Britain 1914-1918: Adaptation, Innovation and the Role of Thomas Cook & Sons

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