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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2012.09.005


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

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