Regional evolutionary economic geography approaches to destination evolution

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Salvador Anton Clave, Chaozhi Zhang
Chairs: Salvador Anton Clave


Evolutionary economic geography approaches to destination evolution is a rapidly growing domain of research (Ioannides, Halkier & Lew 2014) and an increasingly recognized central place of innovative thinking about the understanding on how and why tourism destinations evolve over time (Brouder et al 2017). Besides the building of bridges with life cycle, resilience, sustainability, complexity or adaptive approaches, current studies of the manner in which tourism behaves and continuously transforms destinations as specialized productive places with a complex and continuously developing nature that are composed by a mosaic of interrelated and mutually-dependent actors are expanding to ever more destinations of diverse sizes and nature across many regions in the world (Chim-Miki & Domareski-Ruiz 2016, Martinovic 2017, Zhang & Xiao, 2014). As a consequence, new inspiring studies combining EEG approaches with regional academic research traditions are enriching the field.

This paper session aims to bring together tourism researchers from different regional academic traditions working in the area of destination evolution from an evolutionary economic geography approach. In general terms, a regional academic tradition has a long history extending through a significant period of time and exhibits certain epistemological and methodological commitments which individuate and distinguish it from others (Cronbach 1977). Those are pertinent reasons to explore how besides the general adoption of the conceptual lens of EEG to the analysis of destination evolution, place matters when scholars focus their interest, methods, and approaches and to highlight the role of the academic context where research is produced as a positive factor for the development of the field (Anton Clavé & Wilson, 2013). Furthermore, the question is to discuss how, in doing so, tourism geographers are facing the challenge of creating a joint fertile environment to fully comprehend the evolution of tourism destinations. Possible topics may include:

Which are the catalytic factors that influence the transformation of destinations over time?
Why do some destinations experience a sudden growth and others undergo a more progressive path of development?
To what extent does the local and global context affect the evolution of tourism destinations?
What role do the interaction and action of stakeholders have in enabling and constraining the development of destinations over time?
How do decisions that have been made and events that have occurred in the past affect the definition of tourism destinations’ future development paths?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Chikondi Thole*, Stellenbosch University, Thomas Kweku Taylor, Copperbelt University, Brian Child, University of Florida, A Comparative Assessment of Tourism Development of Zambian National Parks to those in the South African Region 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Chaozhi Zhang*, , How sustainable tourism sustains in China: longitudinal observation from a World Nature Heritage Site 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Rudi Hartmann*, University of Colorado, The Evolution of Vail Valley: Human Agency, Pro-Active and Reactive Responses to Growth Dynamics of a Colorado Ski Resort Town 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Yuan Qin*, capital normal university, li tao, capital normal university, Study on The Evolution Path of Community Participation in Tourism: Case Study on Migratory Village 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Chaozhi Zhang 15 2:40 PM

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