The national government as the facilitator of tourism innovation: evidence from Norway

Mei, Xiang Ying, Arcodia, Charles and Ruhanen, Lisa (2013) The national government as the facilitator of tourism innovation: evidence from Norway. Current Issues in Tourism, Latest articles 1-20. doi:10.1080/13683500.2013.822477

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Author Mei, Xiang Ying
Arcodia, Charles
Ruhanen, Lisa
Title The national government as the facilitator of tourism innovation: evidence from Norway
Journal name Current Issues in Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-3500
Publication date 2013-08-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13683500.2013.822477
Open Access Status
Volume Latest articles
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the recent years, there has been a growing focus on tourism innovation and its importance in destination development. Tourism development at the national level would evidently require the involvement of the national government as the facilitator. However, the role of the government in such process is yet to be explored with empirical evidence. As such, this article focuses on identifying the specific roles that the national government play as a facilitator in fostering destination level innovation, and to examine those factors that inhibit national governments in facilitating destination level innovation. Using Norway as a case study, the results reveal that although there is no perceived lack of political will and emphasis on tourism innovation by the policymakers, the effectiveness of many government efforts are questioned. Government efforts to facilitate innovation are identified to include financial supports, consultancy services, skills development programmes, and R&D schemes. The national government also possibly inhibits tourism innovation indirectly mainly through the challenges in defining innovation, lack of knowledge from the government's side that possibly also leads to its resistance to change and unwillingness to adapt to certain situations, and policies and regulations which is related to conflict of interests.
Keyword Tourism innovation
Destination competitiveness
National government
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 12 Aug 2013

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Created: Mon, 31 Mar 2014, 09:52:23 EST by Karen Morgan on behalf of School of Tourism