Current Trends and Issues: The Rationale for States’ Involvement in Tourism
Nevertheless, it is generally recognised that for tourism to develop in a sustainable manner, an appropriate physical, regulatory, fiscal and social framework is required. And this can only be provided by governments. The multi-faceted nature of tourism means that coordination is necessary within and between different levels of government to avoid duplication of resources in the various government bodies and the private sector (Johnson and Thomas, 1992; Hall, 1994). They also usually provide the basic physical infrastructure necessary for tourism — such as roads, airports and communications — as well as creating the legal framework within which the industry operates.