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An intergrative model (iModel) for decision-making in tourism
Division of Geography & Tourism, University of Leuven. (Tourism Research Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3644-7934
Division of Geography & Tourism, University of Leuven. (Tourism Research Group)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3549-750X
2019 (English)In: Tourism Planning & Development, ISSN 2156-8316, E-ISSN 2156-8324, Vol. 16, no 5, p. 514-532Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the conceptual and methodological strengthening of the study of tourism as a complex phenomenon using systems thinking. It is aimed at supporting decision-making for tourist destinations’ planning and management. Few authors provide a schematic model of how tourism works, and among them, even fewer expressly use a systemic approach. However, nobody presents a methodology for their models’ analytical application to bridge theory and practice. The integrative model (iModel) fills this gap. It is developed through a review of previous models, research in Belgian, German and Ecuadorian cases, discussion in experts’ panels and supported by a long experience in destination development in Ecuador. Main contributions are 1) the introduction of a model of tourism as a dynamic complex system based on the functions performed by the actors involved in the tourism experience; and 2) the presentation of a methodology to apply the model-as-a-tool for decision-making support in tourism practice.

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2019. Vol. 16, no 5, p. 514-532
Keywords [en]
Analytical application; decision-making; iModel; methodology; systems thinking; tourism planning and management
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34282DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2018.1506818ISI: 000478935700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85051973050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-34282DiVA, id: diva2:1240213
Available from: 2018-08-20 Created: 2018-08-20 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved

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