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Tourism as a business strategy for growth in Oregon and Washington craft breweries

Dunn, A ORCID: 0000-0002-9209-415X 2017 , 'Tourism as a business strategy for growth in Oregon and Washington craft breweries', in C Kline SL Slocum and C Cavaliere (eds.), Craft Beverages and Tourism , Palgrave Macmillan, United States, pp. 105-118.

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This chapter presents a case of Seattle and Portland craft brewers’ use of tourism practices to support their pursuit of market penetration. Little research has been conducted in this area, so this study aimed to explore how and why craft brewers encourage visitors to their breweries. Barriers to enter the tightly controlled US beer market encouraged brewers to find alternative methods of delivering their beer to consumers such as brewery tasting rooms, craft beer events and developing a craft beer culture supported by social media. All the interviewees adopted these tactics, but they did not track their visitors or collaborate with tourism organizations. The chapter adds to our understanding of how tourism practices have helped craft brewers build brand awareness and distribution channels but finds that brewers must address visitor needs to ensure a sustained tourism partnership.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Dunn, A
Keywords: tourism, craft breweries, business strategy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Copyright 2017 The Editors and The Authors

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