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Regional tourism systems and the implications of innovative behaviour

Carson, D. and Macbeth, J. (2005) Regional tourism systems and the implications of innovative behaviour. In: Carson, D. and Macbeth, J., (eds.) Regional tourism cases. Innovation in regional tourism. Common Ground, Altona, Vic., pp. 137-142.

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Tourism is but one of many industries that might contribute to the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of a regional community. One of the aims of this book has been to present case studies of work in Australia and New Zealand that illustrate some core issues in the process of regional community development. Tourism is not inherently good or bad, useful or useless, appropriate or inappropriate for a region that is undergoing change but tourism is one potential activity that might contribute to the achievement of community objectives in economic, social and environmental dimensions. Implicit in the approach to case studies in this book is the belief that regional communities need to think about their readiness to undertake tourism development and that they should make decisions about what, if any, development is appropriate, feasible and of net benefit. Don’t take tourism for granted; don’t assume it will deliver the development objectives set for and by the community; don’t assume it will just happen.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Common Ground
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