Achieving key dimensions of sustainability: Strategic visioning as a tourism destination planning tool

Ruhanen, L. M. (2005). Achieving key dimensions of sustainability: Strategic visioning as a tourism destination planning tool. In: E. Arola, P. Blinnikka and M. L. Sittari, Tourism as a Contributor to Well-Being and Social Culture [Volume 45 of Reports from the Jyväskylä Polytechnic]. 3rd Tourism Industry and Education Symposium, Jyvaskyla, Finland, (298-306). 19-21 May 2005.

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Author Ruhanen, L. M.
Title of paper Achieving key dimensions of sustainability: Strategic visioning as a tourism destination planning tool
Conference name 3rd Tourism Industry and Education Symposium
Conference location Jyvaskyla, Finland
Conference dates 19-21 May 2005
Proceedings title Tourism as a Contributor to Well-Being and Social Culture [Volume 45 of Reports from the Jyväskylä Polytechnic]
Place of Publication Jyvaskyla, Finland
Publisher Jyvaskyla Polytechnic
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1456-2332
Editor E. Arola
P. Blinnikka
M. L. Sittari
Volume 1
Start page 298
End page 306
Total pages 9
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Tourism has had, and is continuing to have, a profound impact upon destinations, economically, environmentally and socially. The negative impacts of tourism have been attributed, among other things, to inadequate or non-existent planning frameworks for tourism development, and it has therefore been advocated that tourism planning is vital to offset some of these negative impacts. While several different approaches have been supported over the years, tourism planning based on the philosophies of sustainability has emerged as one ofthe most comprehensive approaches. However, two critical concepts have been identified as precursors to sustainable development: a strategic Qrientation towards tourism planning and enhanced levels of multiple stakeholder participation in the tourism planning process (Simpson 2001 ). While both strategic tourism planning and stakeholder participation and collaboration, have received considerable attention in the academic literature, there has been relatively little written about its practical application. However, the somewhat recent emergence of the strategic visioning concept as a destination planning tool may provide the necessary practical framework for incorporating stakeholder collaboration into destination strategic planning and management. This paper will provide a synthesis of the stakeholder collaboration, strategic planning and strategic visioning literatures, before conceptually examining the potential applicability._ of the strategic visioning process in achieving meaningful stakeholder participation and collaboration in destination planning.
Subjects 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
710000 - Commercial Services and Tourism
Keyword Strategic visioning
Strategic planning
Stakeholder collaboration
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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