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Tourism, migration and human capital: knowledge and skills at the intersection of flows

Williams, AM (2012) Tourism, migration and human capital: knowledge and skills at the intersection of flows In: The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research. Routledge, pp. 251-264. ISBN 978-0-7890-3704-6

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This paper starts from two propositions relating to tourism-migration relationships, and knowledge transfer. First, there has been considerable interest in recent years in ideas relating to ‘tourist-migrant’ workers, that is, in the complex inter-relationships between economic and cultural/tourism motivations, particularly amongst young people. However, this represents only one of the many economic relationships between tourism and migration, two phenomena that often have been studied in isolation (Williams and Hall, 2002). There is a need for a better understanding of how these are entwined in an economy of flows (Hudson 2004), shaping economic outcomes in the tourism sector. Secondly, there has also been a neglect of the role of labour mobility in knowledge transfer, innovation, and competitiveness – and this is particularly notable in an industry such as tourism, where demand and, in part, production, are essentially based on mobility. International tourists seek out experiences and services beyond their usual countries of residence, and the resulting demand for knowledge in the labour force that provides these creates a potentially significant role of migrant workers. This paper brings these themes together, in order to explore the role of migration in the creation and transfer of knowledge and skills in tourism.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Williams, AM
Editors :
Gartner, WC
Hsu, C
Date : 1 July 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : migration, tourism, knowledge
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Oct 2012 14:07
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:41

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