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Tourism & Leisure
Within the tourism and leisure: planning, policy, practice, management and asset management and regional tourism theme there is a strong emphasis upon understanding and interpreting leisure and tourism planning and policy-making as dynamic, socially constructed activities that involve a wide range of agents and organisations characterised by varying degrees of interest and commitment to leisure and tourism.
Leisure and tourism planning and policy-development take place in multi-actor settings and it is important to understand how different conceptions of leisure and tourism, different values and ideas are mediated in planning and policy processes.
Tourism presents opportunities for regions to, among other things, diversify their economic base, develop assets, increase lifestyle options and improve the quality of life of local communities. Tourism can help regional communities adapt to change and to provide greater resilience and resistance in dynamic environments.
Our tourism and leisure research agenda
The CTLW has recognised a need for research into many aspects of regional tourism in particular:
- tourism and indigenous communities
- leadership and management of tourism in regional areas
- regional tourism organisations
- the development and management of SMEs such as bed and breakfasts and nature tourism
- collaboration and cooperation among tourism enterprises and their relationships to primary and secondary industries
- tourism as a driver of regional development.
Leisure and tourism management research includes diverse settings such as:
- recreational and tourist behaviour in marine environments (e.g., scuba diving) and protected areas such as national parks and wilderness areas, as well as urban events
- the management of tourist destinations
- the impacts of tourism on local communities and economies and engagement of communities in planning and decision-making processes.
The Centre also has a unique interest in tourism asset management with expertise and capacity in projects focusing on issues such as industry clusters and airports, the management of human resources as assets, and the development of transport and other infrastructure vital to tourism services in all regions.
Return to Research Themes overview page.