Toward New Directions in Tourism Entrepreneurship Research

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Tower Court C, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: Dimitri Ioannides, Keith Debbage
Chairs: Dimitri Ioannides


Several studies have been produced over the last two decades ever since Page et al. (1999) pronounced that the research on the role of small business firms in tourism was “terra incognita”. Researchers have revealed a growing understanding of the key role that entrepreneurial activity plays in place commodification. Specifically, entrepreneurship can play a key role both in the early stages of tourism development but also in stages of maturity when larger organizations might be in a position to invest in major innovations. When it comes to small-scale entrepreneurial activity, which is especially dominant in rural regions, we note examples of ecotourism and adventure tour outfits, or farm stays among others. Especially visible in such contexts are so-called LOST entrepreneurs (lifestyle oriented small tourism firms) whose owners are driven by motivations that extend beyond their profit-making expectations. Nevertheless, despite the now relatively large volume of extant tourism entrepreneurship literature there still remain gaps in our understanding of the phenomenon (Shaw, 2014). In this session, we call for papers that offer fresh ideas in terms of addressing several questions revolving around the issue of tourism entrepreneurship. These questions include, but are not limited to, the following:

How can we better conceptualize the geography of tourism entrepreneurship?
How do we integrate the geography of tourism entrepreneurship into the general entrepreneurship framework?
How does the tourism geography entrepreneurship literature relate to the rise of cultural and creative industries?
Can public art play in shaping the growth and development of a city and its related tourist economy?
What are the different spatial typologies of tourism entrepreneurship?
Do evolutionary stages of entrepreneurship exist?
How has the rise of the sharing economy and Airbnb reshaped the geography of tourism entrepreneurship?
How do networks of firms and knowledge spillover trigger tourism entrepreneurship?
What is the role of gender, race, family and lifestyle in shaping the geography of tourism entrepreneurship?
What potential connections exist between tourism entrepreneurship and issues of sustainability?
How can tourism entrepreneurship help to better mediate the global-local divide?
In what ways can airport and airlines become more innovative?
In the Global South, what is the relationship of informal economies and tourism entrepreneurship?



Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Keith Debbage*, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Geographies of Tourism Entrepreneurship and Innovation: An Evolving Research Agenda 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Dimitri Ioannides*, Mid-Sweden University, Jonathan Moshe Yachin, Dalarna University, 'Making do' in rural tourism: Entrepreneurial re-interpretation of local resources 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Avijit Sarkar, University of Redlands, James Pick*, University of Redlands, Supplier Participation in Short-Term Rental Markets – Geospatial Socioeconomic Analysis of Airbnb Hosts in Los Angeles, California 15 10:05 AM
Presenter Daniel Avendaño Leadem *, Universidad Nacional - Costa Rica, Experiential and biocultural tourism in Dota County, Costa Rica: Community organization for innovation and the supply chaining of tourism goods and services 15 10:20 AM

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