Tourism has become one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world economy. Increasingly, research on tourism destinations has been at the centre of debates concerning destination competitiveness, governance, policies and destination management and marketing.
This book investigates tourist destinations from two different perspectives. First, it approaches destinations using the concept of tourist clusters and investigates their role in competitiveness and firm performances. The second perspective studies the development of models of competitiveness and governance. It also develops an international benchmarking system of 15-EU countries, with an additional focus on Italy, UK and United States.
The book will appeal to academics, scholars and practitioners in tourism studies, management, urban and regional studies and economic geography, etc.
Part I. Tourist destinations, destination management, clusters and competitiveness 1. A bibliometric analysis on tourist destinations research: Focus on destination management and tourist cluster Francesco Capone 2. Destination management and competitiveness: Literature review and a destination competitiveness analysis Francesco Capone 3. The impact of related variety on tourist destinations: An analysis of tourist firms clustering Luciana Lazzeretti, Francesco Capone and Niccolò Innocenti 4. Defining tourist clusters in Europe: A micro-level data approach Francesco Capone and Rafael Boix Part II. Tourist clusters and performance, creative and experience economy 5. Do tourist clusters boost hotels’ performance?: Resilience in a crisis period in Italy Francesco Capone 6. How does concentration affect hotels’ performance?: An empirical study of US panel data María-del-Val Segarra-Oña, Angel Peiró-Signes and Rohit Verma 7.Tourism, creativity and entrepreneurship: New firm formation in Tuscany Luciana Lazzeretti and Francesco Capone 8. The experience-related economy in the UK Rafael Boix and Lisa De Propris