Local government: Facilitator or inhibitor of sustainable tourism development?

Ruhanen, Lisa (2013) Local government: Facilitator or inhibitor of sustainable tourism development?. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 21 1: 80-98. doi:10.1080/09669582.2012.680463

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Author Ruhanen, Lisa
Title Local government: Facilitator or inhibitor of sustainable tourism development?
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9582
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09669582.2012.680463
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 80
End page 98
Total pages 19
Place of publication Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Governments at all levels have assumed greater responsibility for, and involvement in, tourism destination planning and development. In the post-Brundtland era local governments in particular have been under closer scrutiny for their role in driving the sustainable development agenda in tourism destination contexts. Yet, a notable research gap still exists despite the increased focus on local government, particularly in terms of empirical research investigating the roles and responsibilities of local government in addressing sustainable tourism development. Given this context, this paper explores the role of local government in facilitating, or indeed inhibiting, sustainable development objectives in a tourism destination context. To assess this issue, it uses in-depth interviews with local government representatives and key destination stakeholders from five local government areas in Queensland, Australia. It shows that local government had assumed responsibility for facilitating the sustainable tourism agenda, due to the absence of strong industry leadership and due to top-down directives from state and federal governments. However, power struggles, tokenistic public participation and the strong influence of the local government authority in local governance structures were found to be inhibitors to sustainable tourism development.
Keyword Sustainable development
Local government
Tourism destination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 02 May 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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