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Is a cluster a necessary condition for success? The case of Benidorm.

Perles-Ribes, J, Rodriguez, I and Ramón-Rodríguez, AB (2015) Is a cluster a necessary condition for success? The case of Benidorm. Current Issues in Tourism. pp. 1-29.

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This paper analyses the application of the cluster concept to tourist destinations using Benidorm as a case study. A questionnaire was administered to tourism firms based in Benidorm in order to determine whether this destination currently constitutes a tourism cluster or whether it possesses the ideal characteristics to become a cluster with the private agents' collaboration, that is, whether it is a potential cluster. The results obtained from this research indicate that Benidorm's success is not derived from the presence of a cluster due to a series of elements that prevent its existence. In this destination there is a need to strengthen cooperation between public and private agents (especially in those areas that determine the competitive advantage of the destination) and to design a strategy based on shared goals. Both of these elements are fundamental for the characterisation of a cluster.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Hospitality
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Perles-Ribes, J
Rodriguez, I
Ramón-Rodríguez, AB
Date : 14 May 2015
DOI : 10.1080/13683500.2015.1043247
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords : Benidorm, Tourism destination competitiveness, Tourism clusters
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Sep 2016 14:28
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:42

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