A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development
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A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development

Edited by Richard Sharpley and David Harrison

Tourism is integral to local, regional and national development policies; as a major global economic sector, it has the potential to underpin economic growth and wider development. Yet, transformations in both the nature of tourism and the dynamic environment within which it occurs give rise to new questions with regards to its developmental role. This Research Agenda offers a state-of-the-art review of the research into the tourism-development nexus. Exploring issues including governance, policy, philanthropy, poverty reduction and tourism consumption, it identifies significant gaps in the literature, and proposes new and sometimes provocative avenues for future research.
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Chapter 11: Tourism and (re)development in developed nations

David J. Telfer


While much of the research on tourism and development has focused on developing nations, this chapter calls for more research on the role of tourism in the (re)development process in developed nations. These countries have the advantage of advanced economies and rank higher on national development indicators, yet these can mask areas of high unemployment and poverty. The chapter begins by examining the nature of development, the importance of tourism in developed nations and redevelopment strategies. The second half of the chapter focuses on emerging challenges setting out a research agenda, based in part on Oritz (2017), including: overtourism and the emerging sharing economy; tourism growth, carbon emissions and the rise of the low-cost carrier; issues of just work and the changing nature of tourism employment; and poverty reduction and inclusive growth. With the continued expansion of tourism, additional research is needed on its contribution to development in developed nations.

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