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Examining stakeholder group specificity: an innovative sustainable tourism approach

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Hardy, A ORCID: 0000-0003-1461-2967 and Pearson, LJ 2018 , 'Examining stakeholder group specificity: an innovative sustainable tourism approach' , Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, vol. 8 , .247-258 , doi: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2017.05.001.

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Abstract

It is now widely accepted that stakeholder consultation is necessary for sustainable tourism development tooccur and that a variety of stakeholder groups occur. In tourism, these groups are often referred to as locals,operators, community members and those in regulatory positions. However, a divide exists within the literature.One cluster of literature suggests that individual stakeholders possess attitudes that are specific to their group.Another cluster of research suggests that individual stakeholders’ attitudes do not always align with theirstakeholder groups. This paper responds to this dichotomy and utilises the Q methodology to assess the attitudesof stakeholders in the Tarkine region of Tasmania, Australia. The research highlights that individualstakeholders’ attitudes do not always align to their stakeholder group when considering sustainable tourismdevelopment and that responsive methods are required to ensure adequate stakeholder involvement. In doing so,it challenges the long-held notion of stakeholder group specificity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hardy, A and Pearson, LJ
Keywords: tourism, stakeholders
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Destination Marketing & Management
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 2212-571X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2017.05.001
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Copyright 2017 Elsevier Ltd.

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