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Why tourism may not be everybody's business: the challenge of tradition in resource peripheries

Carson, Doris A. and Carson, Dean B. (2011). Why tourism may not be everybody's business: the challenge of tradition in resource peripheries. The Rangeland Journal,33(4):373-383.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 83093774xPUB169
Title Why tourism may not be everybody's business: the challenge of tradition in resource peripheries
Author Carson, Doris A.
Carson, Dean B.
Journal Name The Rangeland Journal
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 33
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1036-9872   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-82655168228
Start Page 373
End Page 383
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Cotteslow Australia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Tourism is commonly promoted as a tool for economic diversification in peripheral regions that have traditionally relied on exporting natural resources (the ‘staples’). However, developing tourism in these regions has often proven immensely difficult. Part of the reason for this is that tourism seems to require different institutional arrangements to those common in traditional staples economies. This paper analyses the case of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia to examine how the conflicting institutional requirements of tourism and staples industries impacted on the capacity of the regional economic system to innovate and diversify its staples-based economy to include tourism. The paper further documents how conflicts in the diversification process have been mitigated. The research concludes that harnessing tourism for successful economic diversification in peripheral regions requires fundamental changes to previous ways of operating, including new approaches to business creation, capacity building, education and knowledge exchange, networking and public–private interactions.
Keywords economic diversification
Flinders Ranges
innovation capacity
institutional environment
resource peripheries
staples thesis
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ11026   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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