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Tourism as a vehicle for regional development in peripheral areas – myth or reality?: A longitudinal case study of Swedish regions
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4643-9847
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2051-7555
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1225-1029
2016 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 24, no 10, 1788-1805 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the contemporary so-called ‘competition state era’, many rural and peripheral regions are in decline. Tourism is increasingly viewed as being able to alleviate and rejuvenate regions that are facing economic difficulties. The European Union has launched several programmes with the goal of stimulating growth and employment in peripheral areas. These programmes are often used to support tourism development projects. In this paper, a longitudinal analysis of spatial changes in Swedish tourism is conducted. The analysis is based on statistics regarding overnight stays in Swedish commercial accommodation facilities. The aim is to investigate if tourism and tourism policy contribute to the reduction in disparities between regions. Although there are exceptions, the main findings indicate that the potential for creating sustainable rural tourism growth through tourism policy seems to be much less than the popular discourse suggests. © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 10, 1788-1805 p.
Keyword [en]
clusters, regional policy, the EU, Tourism
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Business Administration Human Geography
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23052DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2016.1194807ISI: 000383249700004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84983728047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23052DiVA: diva2:967453
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2016-10-23Bibliographically approved

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