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Tourism and Innovation

2nd Edition

By C. Michael Hall, Allan M. Williams


344 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-12-17
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This ground-breaking volume on the relationships between tourism and innovation provides an overview of relevant innovation theories, and related literatures on entrepreneurship, productivity, regional development and competitiveness, and their significance to contemporary tourism practices.

Innovation is a key concept in business and entrepreneurial studies and the broader social sciences. Yet, despite its policy and academic importance, historically little attention has been given to the role of innovation in tourism and the corresponding contribution of tourism-related human mobility to regional, firm and product innovation. This book highlights that innovation in tourism is much more than a series of technological innovations, as important as they are, and instead needs to be understood in an economic, social and political context with particular stress being placed on the extent to which innovations are shaped by the framework of governance and regulation, as well as by institutional factors and activities of individual actors and entrepreneurs.

It is structured so as to introduce the reader to the overall significance of innovation, at various levels, and the role that innovation plays in firm and place competition. Supported with case studies throughout, this book is essential reading for all Tourism students.


'This book makes a significant shift in our understanding of innovation within the tourism industry. It does so by taking a wide ranging perspective which includes aspects of knowledge transfer, learning regions and cities along with policy and governance. I have no doubt that this will become a standard text for those wishing to understand the importance of innovations in tourism, in an economic and social context.'

Professor Gareth Shaw, University of Exeter, UK

‘This pioneering book truly fills a significant research gap. All academics, policy analysts, industry representatives or anyone else with strong interests in how tourism is affected by innovative practices but also how tourism itself shapes innovation strategies at various spatial levels will find it of interest. It can be counted as one of a handful of texts that have appeared in the last decade that demonstrate a significant intellectual leap in tourism studies.’

Professor Dimitri Ioannides, Director of the European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR), Mid-Sweden University, Sweden

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Understanding innovation as the key to understanding changes in tourism

2 Competition, innovation and productivity

3 Knowledge, creativity and innovation

4 Technology and tourism innovation

5 The state and tourism innovation: institutions, policy, regulation and governance

6 The regional innovation system: Territorial learning, regions, cities and smart specialisation

7 Firm organization and innovation

8 Entrepreneurship, the market and innovation

9 Entrepreneurship and innovation pathways

10 Public good entrepreneurship and innovation: Community, place, social entrepreneurship and innovation

11 Conclusions: An innovative future for tourism

About the Authors

C. Michael Hall is a Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Docent in Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; and a Visiting Professor at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He has published widely on tourism, regional development, global environmental change, sustainability, food, and World Heritage.

Allan M. Williams obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics, and held posts at the Universities of Durham, Exeter, and London Metropolitan before taking up his current position as Professor of Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Surrey. His central research interest is the relationship between mobility and economic development, especially relating to innovation, productivity and knowledge/risk

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism