Destination competitiveness: what we know, what we know but shouldn't and what we don't know but should

Abreu-Novais, Margarida, Ruhanen, Lisa and Arcodia, Charles (2015) Destination competitiveness: what we know, what we know but shouldn't and what we don't know but should. Current Issues in Tourism, 19 6: 1-21. doi:10.1080/13683500.2015.1091443


Author Abreu-Novais, Margarida
Ruhanen, Lisa
Arcodia, Charles
Title Destination competitiveness: what we know, what we know but shouldn't and what we don't know but should
Journal name Current Issues in Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-3500
1747-7603
Publication date 2015-11-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13683500.2015.1091443
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
Abstract Two decades after the seminal work of Crouch and Ritchie [(1999). Tourism, competitiveness, and societal prosperity. Journal of Business Research, 44(3), 137–152], which triggered an avalanche of research on the topic, there is an extensive and still-growing body of literature on destination competiveness. Research on competitiveness, in the context of tourism destinations and even in its parent field of economics, has been characterized by controversy and strong criticism. Given the complexity of the phenomenon, the multiplicity of perspectives taken on it and the current stage of knowledge, there is a clear need for a reflective audit that enables a careful consideration on the knowledge acquired with past research as well as a well-thought-out identification of the needs for future research. Only such meticulous process will ensure the progress of this field of enquiry. The wide-spread acknowledgement of the importance of competitiveness for a destination's long-term success in addition to the constant comments that it is still a topic not well understood, suggests that research on it still has a long future ahead. This article embraces this challenging task by documenting, examining and critically assessing the existing literature on three dimensions: definitions, theoretical models and measurement. In addition, existing gaps are identified and research propositions are presented to guide future research.
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Two decades after the seminal work of Crouch and Ritchie [(1999). Tourism, competitiveness, and societal prosperity. Journal of Business Research, 44(3), 137–152], which triggered an avalanche of research on the topic, there is an extensive and still-growing body of literature on destination competiveness. Research on competitiveness, in the context of tourism destinations and even in its parent field of economics, has been characterized by controversy and strong criticism. Given the complexity of the phenomenon, the multiplicity of perspectives taken on it and the current stage of knowledge, there is a clear need for a reflective audit that enables a careful consideration on the knowledge acquired with past research as well as a well-thought-out identification of the needs for future research. Only such meticulous process will ensure the progress of this field of enquiry. The wide-spread acknowledgement of the importance of competitiveness for a destination's long-term success in addition to the constant comments that it is still a topic not well understood, suggests that research on it still has a long future ahead. This article embraces this challenging task by documenting, examining and critically assessing the existing literature on three dimensions: definitions, theoretical models and measurement. In addition, existing gaps are identified and research propositions are presented to guide future research.
Keyword Competitiveness determinants
Destination competitiveness
Measurement
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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