Differentiation and tourism destination development: small business success in a close-knit community

R. Tinsley, P.A. Lynch

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    Abstract

    This paper considers small tourism business relations within a rural tourism destination. They are examined within the context of small business (predominantly hospitality-based) networks and their contribution to destination development. A cultural understanding of relations is presented through a qualitative research framework. Findings highlight the concept of differentiation at individual, business community and destination levels. This ideal is discussed as a means for maintaining harmony within the business and wider social community through social network norms, which are reinforced at all levels of society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)161-177
    Number of pages16
    JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • small tourism businesses
    • networks
    • community
    • differentiation
    • desination development
    • tourism

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