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Book review of Wang, Y., & Pizam, A. (Eds). 2011. Destination Marketing and Management – Theories and Applications.

Pike, Steven D. (2013) Book review of Wang, Y., & Pizam, A. (Eds). 2011. Destination Marketing and Management – Theories and Applications. Tourism Management, 34, pp. 247-248.

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    Abstract

    A contentious issue in the field of destination marketing has been the recent tendency by some authors to refer to destination marketing organisations (DMOs) as destination management organisations. This nomenclature infers control over destination resources, a level of influence that is in reality held by few DMOs. This issue of a lack of control over the destination ‘amalgam’ is acknowledged by a number of the contributors, including the editors and the discussion on destination competitiveness by J.R. Brent Ritchie and Geoffrey Crouch, and is perhaps best summed up by Alan Fyall in the concluding chapter: “...unless all elements are owned by the same body, then the ability to control and influence the direction, quality and development of the destination pose very real challenges’ (p. 343). The title of the text acknowledges both marketing and management, in relation to theories and applications. While there are insightful propositions about ideals of destination management, readers will find there is a lack of coverage of destination management in practise by DMOs. This represents fertile ground for future research.

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    ID Code: 54816
    Item Type: Journal Article
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2012.07.005
    ISSN: 0261-5177
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
    Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Pergamon
    Deposited On: 16 Nov 2012 10:23
    Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 03:08

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