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The practice of destination governance: A comparative analysis of key dimensions and underlying concepts

Michael Volgger, Curtin University, Australia
Harald Pechlaner,
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Sabine Pichler,
EURAC Research, Italy
Published online: 27 March 2017, JTHSM, 3(1), pp. 18-24

URN: urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-67226-7, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.401371

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Most of research on destination governance focuses on reporting the results of single case studies, whose findings are often related to the particularities of the specific destinations considered. As a result, there is little (empirical) consistency in underlying principles and dimensions of destination governance. To overcome this gap, this paper presents a combined (re-)analysis of multiple qualitative case studies and empirically develops destination governance dimensions from a practitioner point of view. Findings show that theoretical conceptualisation of destination governance and practical foci differ in some respects: In contrast to governance theory, practitioners refer more to context, process and change.


Destination governance, destination management, governance dimensions, qualitative comparison, GABEK

JEL Classification:

L83, M1, O1

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