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Tourism as a ‘Post-Staple’: Understanding the Role of Institutional Legacies in Diversifying Peripheral Resource Economies
University of South Australia, Australia.
University of South Australia, Australia.
2011 (English)In: Nachhaltigkeit – Regionalentwicklung – Tourismus: Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Prof. Dr. Friedrich M. Zimmermann / [ed] S. Janschitz; G.K. Lieb, Graz: Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung , 2011, 319-331 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Tourism is commonly promoted as a tool for economic diversification inperipheral regions that have traditionally relied on exporting natural resources(the ‘staples’). However, developing tourism in these regions has often provenimmensely difficult, and many rural and remote communities seem to beill-prepared to diversify their economic base from extractive to attractiveindustries. This chapter presents the case of the Flinders Ranges, a traditionalresource periphery in South Australia, and discusses why communities inresource peripheries struggle to develop tourism as a self-sustaining ‘poststaples’industry. The paper uses a systems-of-innovation approach and drawson insights from the ‘staples thesis’ literature to illustrate how the institutionallegacies of staples industries can stifle the capacity of resource dependentcommunities to diversify and change.

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Graz: Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung , 2011. 319-331 p.
, Grazer Schriften der Geographie und Raumforschung, Band 46 / 2011
Keyword [en]
rural tourism, resource periphery, diversification, staples thesis
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Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103355OAI: diva2:813021
Available from: 2015-05-21 Created: 2015-05-21 Last updated: 2015-08-07Bibliographically approved

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