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Public Support for Tourism SMEs in Peripheral Areas: The Arjeplog Project, Northern Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (ETOUR)
2005 (English)In: Service Industries Journal, ISSN 0264-2069, E-ISSN 1743-9507, Vol. 25, no 4, 579-599 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the European Union, the tourism issues facing many peripheral areas are similar to those elsewhere in the world. Beginning in the late 1980s, the emphasis of thinking in the Union moved away from large automatic grants to attract inward investment projects, towards small firms and indigenous development. As party of this thinking, tourism SMEs have been assigned an important role in the process of regional convergence. While investment subsidies remain a key instrument, they have been supplemented by technical support to tailor assistance to the need of the individual firm. The latter aspect is an important plank in Swedisdg regional policy, which sees investing in human competencies as the core innovative development at the local level. This paper examines the process and the outcomes of a four-year programme to upgrade the level of business skills in eight tourism SMEs, which are located in the sparesly populated regions of northern Sweden.

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2005. Vol. 25, no 4, 579-599 p.
Keyword [en]
SME, indigenous development, human competencies, tourism research
Keyword [sv]
Turism, turismforskning
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-1415DOI: 10.1080/02642060500092436ISI: 000229645200011Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-1415DiVA: diva2:26447
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-08-17Bibliographically approved

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