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Centralized decentralization of tourism development: A network perspective

Kimbu, AN and Ngoasong, MZ (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: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Ngoasong, MZ
Date : 2013
DOI : 10.1016/j.annals.2012.09.005
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cameroon, stakeholder theory, network analysis, tourism development, (de)centralization
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:18
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 14:19

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