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Centralized decentralization of tourism development: a network perspective

Kimbu, Albert N. and Ngoasong, Michael Z. (2013). Centralized decentralization of tourism development: a network perspective. Annals of Tourism Research, 40 pp. 235–259.

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While there is increasing recognition of the positive impacts of tourism on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa, existing relationships between tourism industry stakeholders is fraught with challenges that constrain its development. Drawing on social network theory and stakeholder theory and through a series of key informant semi-structured interviews with tourism industry stakeholders, the paper explores the nature of participation by destination stakeholders in formulating and implementing tourism policy in Cameroon. It then explores a model of tourism development built around a centrally coordinated but decentralized tourism network that reaches out to all representative stakeholders when formulating and implementing tourism policies. The challenges involved in mobilizing destination stakeholders into such a system to allow for effective tourism development are critically examined

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0160-7383
Keywords: stakeholder theory; network analysis; tourism development; (de)centralization; Cameroon
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 37928
Depositing User: Michael Ngoasong
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 12:18
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:01
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