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A Cluster Approach to Destination Development - Network Structures and Contextual Factors in the Evolution of the Mountain Resort of Åre, Sweden
Mittuniversitetet, Avdelningen för turismvetenskap och geografi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0720-8037
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
(English)In: Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-327329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-327329DiVA, id: diva2:1130367
Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-09
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1. Relational Destination Development: Case Studies on the Significance of Tourism Networks
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relational Destination Development: Case Studies on the Significance of Tourism Networks
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Destination development has become a key issue in local and regional development. In particular, many governments recognize the industry's potential for fostering economic growth and development. The tourist destination is often conceptualized as a complex network with several levels of interaction – both networks of actors within the destination, but also networks linking it to its surrounding environment with potential and actual customers, other destinations, government bodies and so on. It is hence the assumption here that we cannot fully understand destination development in a particular community unless we have a good understanding of how the key stakeholders interact.

By applying different network approaches that are based upon and united by a relational economic geography perspective to the study of destination development, we can widen our understanding of why some destinations struggle to survive and often decline, others maintain a threshold of success as tourist visiting areas, whereas there are still others, which exhibit a high level of competitiveness with local entrepreneurial milieus characterized by growth and long-term development.

More generally, this thesis deals with a traditional core issue in economic geography, i.e., to explain what it is that makes a place or region characterized by growth and development. This thesis explores this issue, and expands our knowledge on the links between various types of network structures and growth in a destination context, as demonstrated by case studies of two successful tourism areas. These studies of the Swedish mountain resort of Åre, and of Icehotel in northern Sweden, explore relational destination development and the significance of tourism networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Social and Economic Geography, 2017. p. 107
Series
Geographica, ISSN 0431-2023 ; 17
Keywords
economic geography, tourism geography, local development, destination, tourism, networks, social capital, destination governance, clusters, tourism innovation, evolution, Åre Sweden, Icehotel
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-327333 (URN)978-91-506-2648-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-09-22, Auditorium Minus, Museum Gustavianum, Akademig. 3, Uppsala, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-09 Last updated: 2017-08-31

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