Local tourism governance: a comparison of three network approaches

Beaumont, Narelle and Dredge, Dianne (2010) Local tourism governance: a comparison of three network approaches. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18 (1). pp. 7-28. ISSN 0966-9582

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Abstract

There is an absence of knowledge about the advantages and disadvantages of different local tourism governance approaches. Consequently, experimenting with different modes of local tourism governance is increasingly common. This paper addresses this knowledge gap by investigating the ways in which three different local tourism governance networks operate, and the effects of this governance on local tourism policy. The three local tourism networks examined are a council-led network governance structure, a participant-led community network governance structure, and a local tourism organisation (LTO)-led industry network governance structure. The study found that these governance arrangements were underpinned by four key trade-offs and that these tended to shape the effectiveness of local tourism governance. The significance of this paper is that it opens up discussion about local tourism governance, highlights the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, and reflects on their relevance to sustainable tourism management. The findings can inform local councils interested in improving their local organisation of tourism, and spur further research.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Dr Narelle Beaumont
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 02:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance; network; local councils; local government; local tourism; tourism officers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150503 Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/09669580903215139
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6940

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