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Swedish destination management professionals' expectations of local governments
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies – CKS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7607-7029
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5500-3300
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, Vol. 18, no sup1, p. S24-S41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of governmental actors in the management and development of destinations has been the topic of many previous studies. In short, local governmental actors are widely recognised as principal and influential stakeholders in processes of tourism development. This paper seeks to add to these studies, and to increase understanding of the governance of tourism destinations, by elucidating what expectations destination management professionals (DMPs) in five different destinations in Sweden have of local governments. Empirically, the paper gives an account of what DMPs understand as the main challenges in destination management, and how they conceptualise the role of local governments in relation to these challenges. The study suggests that DMPs hope that local governments will have the capacity to institutionalise the destination, to promote cluster initiatives, to integrate destination development in processes of strategic planning, and to ensure the provision and development of relevant knowledge. By way of conclusion, it is argued that that local governments meet with somewhat paradoxical expectations from DMPs, and that these expectations constitute an important precondition for the governance of tourism destinations.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 18, no sup1, p. S24-S41
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158267DOI: 10.1080/15022250.2017.1374880ISI: 000452013200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057854274OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158267DiVA, id: diva2:1332111
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Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth
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Funding agencies: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth; Centre for Municipality Studies, Linkoping University

Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-10-31Bibliographically approved

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