Tourism and Entrepreneurship

1st Edition

International Perspectives

Editors: Stephen J. Page Jovo Ateljevic
Paperback ISBN: 9780750686358
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th May 2009
Page Count: 480


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Tourism and Entrepreneurship: International Perspectives provides an innovative, interdisciplinary approach.

This book takes as its central theme the role of entrepreneurship in the context of regional, local and national tourism development. By engaging with top academics in both tourism and entrepreneurship this book delivers a cohesive, interdisciplinary examination of the most recent developments in both tourism and entrepreneurship.

Several key themes are explored and articulated through the following concepts and issues: tourism, innovation and entrepreneurship; the role and nature of individual and collective entrepreneurship in different contexts; the role of tourism in responding to development opportunities created by global forces; and finally, issues associated with tourism strategies and policies.

Divided into four parts, the book reflects on the most relevant areas of tourism entrepreneurship:
Understanding the conceptual basis of tourism entrepreneurship
Creative use of entrepreneurship and processes of social innovation
Tourism entrepreneurship mediating the global–local divide
Sectoral strategies and policy issues of tourism entrepreneurship

Tourism and Entrepreneurship: International Perspective:
Explains the impact of tourism entrepreneurship on places and overall regional and destination development
Examines the role of the public sector in facilitating the need for sustainable tourism development
Examines the effects and implications of funding schemes and support programmes
Takes the owner, manager and entrepreneur as the starting point of analysis to explore specific issues
Allows practitioners and policy-makers to explore practical applications and best practice of theory through a diverse range of international case studies
Contributed to by an international team of leading scholars in tourism and entrepreneurship

This book is a unique combination of t

Key Features

Provides an understanding and analysis of entrepreneurship within tourism in a format which students can access and use easily. International contributor team with case studies to match - from Uganda and Serbia to Slovenia and Australasia.

  • Highlights major issues that can encourage, or impede, entrepreneurial activity within a tourism context - and how vital it can be to the economies of many countries and regions


Upper level undergraduate and postgraduate level students in tourism and related disciplines, including entrepreneurship studies, business studies and marketing. Entrepreneurial studies is an optional course at third year ug level on tourism degrees.

UK figures from UCAS state: 1007 tourism courses 246 entrepreneurship courses 4891 business courses 1473 marketing courses

The book will have a secondary market with practitioners working within tourism, leisure, recreation, environmental management, cultural services, and attractions.

There are also an increasing number of NGOs and consulting agencies (e.g. CARE International, USAID, Global Vision) engaged in local / regional tourism developments in a number of countries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Tourism entrepreneurship – concepts and issues; Chapter 3: Introduction and overview to the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial process; Chapter 4: Sustaining creative entrepreneurship in tourism – the role of innovation systems; Chapter 5: Women Empowerment Entrepreneurship Nexus in Tourism: Processes of Social Innovation; Chapter 6: Entrepreneurs, Institutions and Institutional Entrepreneurship: New Light through Old Windows?; Chapter 7: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Tourism:  Public Sector Experiences of Innovation Activity in Tourism in Scandinavia and Scotland; Chapter 8: Entrepreneurial Crafts and the Tourism Industry; Chapter 9: Tourism Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: Example from New Zealand; Chapter 10: Entrepreneurial wildlife exploitation in sub-Saharan Africa: an overview; Chapter 11: Bridging the Global–Local Divide: Lessons from Indigenous Entrepreneurship on Vatulele Island, Fiji; Chapter 12: Building Institutional, Economic and Social Capacities; The Role of NGOs in the Context of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia; Chapter 13: The Public Policy Context of Tourism Entrepreneurship; Chapter 14: A Multi-stakeholder Approach to tourism development; Chapter 15: Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), Entrepreneurship and SMTEs; Chapter 16: Access to Finance: Delivery structures and the Problems faced by Micro & Small Tourism Entrepreneurs; Chapter 17: Tourism Distribution: from structure to strategy   Douglas G. Pearce; Chapter 18: Understanding and influencing the entrepreneurial intentions of tourism students; Chapter 19: Tourism in Wartime Britain 1914-1918: Adaptation, Innovation and the Role of Thomas Cook & Sons


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About the Editor

Stephen J. Page

Stephen Page is Senior Professor of Sustainable Tourism Management at London Metropolitan Business School. He has worked in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and France and has written, edited or contributed to 33 leading books on tourism, a number of which have been sponsored by the tourism sector. He has worked with many private sector and public sector agencies on tourism consultancy in terms of tourism and leisure strategies, feasibility studies, problem-solving including high profile projects such as the Channel Tunnel and Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand. He is also an editor of the top Tourism journal, Tourism Management published by Elsevier and Series Editor of the Elsevier Advances in Tourism Research Series. He is a regular contributor to industry conferences and meetings as a speaker on industry-related topics and has been ranked as one of the top Tourism academics in the UK based on publications in the top three Tourism journals for the 5 year period 2003-2008.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor, Sustainable Tourism Management, London Metropolitan University

Jovo Ateljevic

Jovo Ateljevic is Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

Jovo Ateljevic is Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, UK