chapter  5
20 Pages

The Role of Networks

WithPaul Lynch, Alison Morrison

This chapter aims to establish and define networks as mechanisms that enable those involved in tourism operation and management to build the trust necessary to create a beneficial clustering effect. This necessarily involves engaging in a definitional debate, but with the intention of contributing to an understanding of the distinction between networks and networking, and the place of social analysis in the development of knowledge about their nature, dynamics and role in local tourism environments. Case study material is introduced to illustrate key characteristics and dimensions associated with such tourism networks, and to emphasise the impact of environmental conditions and facilitators, and the outcomes in various international contexts.