The evolution of mass tourism destinations: new approaches beyond deterministic models in Benidorm (Spain)

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Title: The evolution of mass tourism destinations: new approaches beyond deterministic models in Benidorm (Spain)
Authors: Ivars-Baidal, Josep | Rodriguez-Sanchez, Isabel | Vera-Rebollo, José Fernando
Research Group/s: Planificación y Gestión Sostenible del Turismo
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas
Keywords: Life cycle | Evolution of mature tourist destinations | Restructuring | Internal and external factors | Benidorm
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: Feb-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Tourism Management. 2013, 34: 184-195. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2012.04.009
Abstract: Although deterministic models of the evolution of mass tourism coastal resorts predict an almost inevitable decline over time, theoretical frameworks of the evolution and restructuring policies of mature destinations should be revised to reflect the complex and dynamic way in which these destinations evolve and interact with the tourism market and global socio-economic environment. The present study examines Benidorm because its urban and tourism model and large-scale tourism supply and demand make it one of the most unique destinations on the Mediterranean coast. The investigation reveals the need to adopt theories and models that are not purely deterministic. The dialectic interplay between external factors and the internal factors inherent in this destination simultaneously reveals a complex and diverse stage of maturity and the ability of destinations to create their own future.
Sponsor: The study was carried out within the framework of the research project Renovation of consolidated coastal tourist destinations: new instruments for planning and management financed by the National R&D&I Plan 2008e2011 of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
ISSN: 0261-5177 (Print) | 1879-3193 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2012.04.009
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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