New book by Douglas Pearce “Tourist Destinations: Structure and Synthesis”.

Douglas G Pearce, Victoria University of Wellington, Nueva Zelanda
Noviembre 2020 | 248pp

Destination research today has become increasingly fragmented as studies become more specialized. This book provides a systematic examination and combines the spatial and organizational structure of destinations from the national to the local scale to produce a comprehensive understanding of destinations and a complete integrative framework of destinations.
Destinations are a central feature of tourism and the focus of much tourism research.

Destinations have been studied from a variety of perspectives using multiple concepts and a range of approaches. Consequently, destination research has become increasingly fragmented as studies have become more specialized. A more integrated approach is needed, one that systematically brings together these different strands of research to provide a complete and coherent picture and a fuller understanding of destinations, their structure and how they function.

This book offers such a synthesis by critically examining a wide range of international research and incorporating into one volume many different facets of study destinations that have appeared in related but often divergent literatures. Conceptual and methodological issues are illustrated with empirical examples from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Oceania. This material is assembled around two major structural themes: spatial structure and organizational structure. Spatial structure refers to the physical location, distribution, configuration and interconnectedness of products, services and agents and the factors underlying the resulting patterns of these.

Organizational structure focuses on the various configurations and the ways in which multiple actors, collectively and individually, come together, interact and behave to produce the experiences sought by tourists. The originality and contribution of this work lies in the systematic examination and combination of these two themes across destinations, from the national to the local scale. This integrated approach provides new insights, produces a comprehensive understanding of destinations and identifies avenues for future research.

1. Introduction: the spatial and organizational structure of destinations
2. Perspectives on destinations
3. Frameworks for tourism destinations
4. Analyzing the structure of destinations
5. Structure of national destinations
6. Structure of regional destinations
7. Structure of urban destinations
8. Structure of coastal resorts
9. Structure of ski resorts and rural and natural area destinations
10. Spatial and organizational structure of destinations: a synthesis


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