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Dealing with complexity in tourism settings - The applicability of the "resilient future process" to the management of tourism resources

Wegner, Aggie, Allison, Helen and Tremblay, Pascal (2009). Dealing with complexity in tourism settings - The applicability of the "resilient future process" to the management of tourism resources. In: Carlsen, Jack, Hughes, Michael, Holmes, Kirsten and Jones, Roy CAUTHE 2009. Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education. 18th International Tourism Research Conference. See Change: tourism and hospitality in a dynamic world, Fremantle, WA, 10–13 February, 2009.

Document type: Conference Paper

IRMA ID 82055485xPUB3
Author Wegner, Aggie
Allison, Helen
Tremblay, Pascal
Title Dealing with complexity in tourism settings - The applicability of the "resilient future process" to the management of tourism resources
Conference Name CAUTHE 2009. Conference of the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education. 18th International Tourism Research Conference. See Change: tourism and hospitality in a dynamic world
Conference Location Fremantle, WA
Conference Dates 10–13 February, 2009
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of CAUTHE 2009: See change: Tourism and Hospitality in a Dynamic World
Editor Carlsen, Jack
Hughes, Michael
Holmes, Kirsten
Jones, Roy
Place of Publication Fremantle, WA
Publisher Curtin University of Technology
Publication Year 2009
ISBN 1 86308 153 4   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1621
End Page 1650
Total Pages 30
Field of Research 1506 - Tourism
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract This paper examines the applicability of the concept of 'resilience' and a closely associated management framework ('resilient futures process') to the tourism context. The approach has developed as a methodological derivative of ecological systems analysis. The paper sets to explore the potential contribution of the resilience approach to tourism, by firstly outlining the ways in which tourism constitutes a 'complex system', in the first section. Additionally, it uses the example of 'climate change and tourism' adaptation frameworks to explore the implications of the approach as well as some challenges with its extension towards tourism sector coordination. In the light of the tourism system being understood as a complex network of stakeholders' collaboration the emphasis being as a mechanism supporting the coordination of diverse and imperfectly compatible assets on which the tourism sector depends. Developing and implementing adaptive management strategies inevitably starts by identifying stakeholders' values as well as developing shared decision-making responsibilities. The ability of social and ecological systems to cope and learn from radical change can be referred to as 'resilience' aiming for the system to build the capacity to learn and adapt. Climate change provides a generic category of threat that arises out of global human actions (in which tourism participates) but is predominantly external to the tourism system - both in terms of its causes and the remedies that are likely to mitigate it. Using and applying resilience thinking to tourism systems in cases of uncertainty is beneficial in order to address and adapt to changing conditions. This paper explores the resilience concept, illustrates how it can link to complex tourism systems and its potential applicability on the example of climate change.
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