Tourism as a Resource-based Industry

Based on the Work of Sondre Svalastog

September 2022
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  • Published
    13th September 2022
  • ISBN 9781800621466
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Tourism resources--the availability and sustainability of the supplies tourism relies on--have long been a topic of interest for the industry. Often, however, they are considered in silo. There is a key need now for the development of a conceptual framework for resource analysis, integrating all aspects of social, cultural and natural resources, as well as the importance of local conditions. In this way, tourism can be generated that is both productive and sustainable.

Based on and beginning with Norwegian scholar Sondre Svalastog's conceptual and theoretical work, this book introduces a selection of new case studies exemplifying the usefulness of this approach and bringing it into the English language for the tourism industry as a whole. This book:

  • Reviews local conditions and resources, climate change concerns, and the differences between types of tourist attracted to particular regions;
  • Considers how best to maximize potential and production, ensuring that both the host community and tourists benefit;
  • Provides a wide-ranging selection of case studies covering topics such as urban heritage, national parks and niche, location-specific tourism products.
In a constantly changing world where the tourist industry is large and economically important, tourism research needs to be in a process of constant renewal of risk analysis, oriented towards society, culture and nature at the same time. To ensure sound planning within the industry, this book promotes the need for research-based knowledge, for both tourism researchers and students.

1: Introduction: A resource approach to tourism. Anna Lydia Svalastog, Ian Jenkins and Dieter K. Müller.
Section 1: Tourism as a Resource-based Industry.
2: Tourism in local communities. Sondre Svalastog.
3: Localization of tourism. Sondre Svalastog.
4: About resource analyses. Sondre Svalastog.
5: On the production process and international competitiveness. Sondre Svalastog.
Section 2: Case Studies.
6: National parks, protected areas and tourism labor markets in Arctic Sweden. Dieter K. Müller.
7: The competitive power in the Norwegian and local tourist industry. Børge Dahle.
8: Norwegian salmon fishing tourism: Only a resource-based tourism product? Øystein Aas, Stian Stensland & Sjur Baardsen.
9: Postmodernist niches in tourism development. Ian Jenkins.
10: Living environment and attractiveness. Lars Aronsson.
11: Heritage trails through Dolenjska and Bela krajina in Slovenia: Tourism entrepreneurship in action and stakeholders’ relationship. Marko Koscak.
12: The post-industrial urban landscape: Heritage resources enhancement in urban renewal: The case-study of Central Birmingham (UK). Anthony S.Travis.
13: Rethinking tourism development: Theoretical perspectives -Concluding synopsis. Ian Jenkins.

Anna Lydia Svalastog, PhD

Anna Lydia Svalastog is full professor of psychosocial work at Østfold University College, Norway. She holds a PhD in history of religion from Uppsala University, Sweden, and is a permanent faculty member (docent) at the Faculty of Humanities, Umeå University, Sweden. Her research focuses on past and present conditions and frames for individual and societal life, health, and knowledge. She is the chair of the Navigating Knowledge Landscapes network, focusing on health and knowledge in the digital society, and she is a member of the expert committee for the H2020 PANELFIT, a project working on the European general data protection regulation (GDPR). She has published individual work as well as interdisciplinary collaborative work, and co-edited books on myth and rites in the field of religious studies, one book on Sámi studies, and books on psychosocial work and on health and the digital society.

Dieter K. Müller, PhD

Prof. Dieter K. Müller holds a PhD from Umeå University and is now employed as professor. Currently, he is Deputy Vice-chancellor with special responsibility for research, research education and outreach within the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Dieter Müller has research interests with respect to tourism and regional development, mobility and tourism in peripheral areas. His research interests specifically include almost all aspects of second homes and second home related mobility, Sami tourism, nature-based tourism, tourism labor markets, regional development and rural change particularly in Northern peripheries and Polar areas. He has been the chair of International Geographical Union’s Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change (2012-20) and is a member of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). He has previously been selected for American Association of Geographers Roy Wolfe Award for outstanding contributions to the field presented by the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group (2018). Currently Dieter Müller serves on the editorial board of Current Issues in Tourism, Tourism Geographies, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Matkailututkimus – The Finnish Journal of Tourism Research, and the Croatian Geographical Bulletin.

Ian Jenkins, PhD

Dr. Ian Jenkins is a geographer who has worked in the tourism and leisure industries for the last twenty seven years as a researcher, senior lecturer, consultant and director of several research units. His work has resulted in numerous publications including industry reports, conference papers, academic articles and book chapters; he has also been a peer reviewer for journal articles. Some of the research projects he has been involved with have resulted in legislative change and improved industry standards. In addition, he has undertaken work for prestigious organizations such as UNESCO, British Council, British Standards Institute, Health and Safety Executive, VisitWales and CEN. His research and consultancy expertise covers subjects such as: responsible/sustainable tourism, niche tourism development, risk and safety management and adventure tourism. Ian is currently an examiner for the University of South Wales and has recently been an external examiner for the University of Birmingham at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and also a PhD examiner at Cranfield University. Ian has been the co-editor of a special edition of the Laureate Hospitality Journal.

tourism industry; destination planning; social resources; cultural resources; natural resources; sustainable tourism; tourism and community; tourism benefits; tourism case studies; tourism in Norway; Scandinavian tourism; tourism competencies; international destination developments; resource allocations; adapting to climate change; tourism resource evaluation; tourism resources