This book focuses on the role of networking, cooperation and partnership in destination management in response to the changing environment of the tourism industry.

Firms and institutions are nowadays required to implement drastic management changes: they must adopt a systemic approach and become actively involved in formal and informal networks in order to increase efficiency and product quality, to gain a sustainable edge and face the competitive context.

The work is dedicated to deepening the topics of the "Networking and Tourism Local System" session of the 12th ATLAS 2004 Annual Conference, "Networking & Partnership in Destination Development & Management", held in Naples.

From a theoretical point of view, the papers included herein relate to two macro reference areas: applied economics and managerial sciences. The analysis range from national to local levels and focus on strategies, policies, and project experiences.

Several cases from different areas (Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden) are examined and provide features and issues that can be applied beyond the cultural and economic contexts.

part |104 pages

Tourism Local Systems: Economics Approaches

chapter |14 pages

A Framework to Identify a Localised Tourism System

ByGéraldine Maulet

chapter |10 pages

The Destination as a Local System of Innovation: The Role of Relational Networks

ByJaume Guia, Lluís Prats, Jordi Comas

chapter |16 pages

Do Clusters and Networks Make Small Places Beautiful? The Case of Caramulo (Portugal)

ByZélia Breda, Rui Costa, Carlos Costa

chapter |14 pages

Destination Governance and Contemporary Development Models

ByBo Svensson, Sara Nordin, Arvid Flagestad

part |125 pages

Tourism Local Systems:Management Approaches

chapter |24 pages

Tourism System Dynamics: A Multi-level Destination Approach

ByEnrico Bonetti, Clara S. Petrillo, Michele Simoni

chapter |18 pages

Information and Communication Technologies Supporting Destination Management: A Multimedia Application

ByAlfonso Morvillo, Maria Immacolata Simeon, Immacolata Vellecco

chapter |10 pages

Regional Tourism Co-operation in Progress

ByTuovi Soisalon-Soininen, Kaija Lindroth