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Loosing it: Knowledge Management in Tourism Development Projects

Clarke, Alan and Raffay, Agnes and Wiltshier, Peter (2009): Loosing it: Knowledge Management in Tourism Development Projects. Published in: TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism , Vol. 4, No. 3 (15. November 2009): pp. 149-166.

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Abstract

Knowledge management and the development of the destination’s capacity of the intellectual skills needed to use tourism as an effective tool in the search for regeneration and development are central themes explored within this paper. The authors have lived and worked with the problems inherent in short term funding of special projects designed to achieve or facilitate tourism development. We have witnessed with growing sadness the results – and the lack of them – as funding cycles end and staff with experience move away. Development processes require multi-stakeholder involvement at all levels, bringing together governments, NGOs, residents, industry and professionals in a partnership that determines the amount and kind of tourism that a community wants (Sirakaya et al., 2001). Planners need to provide knowledge sharing mechanisms to residents, visitors, industry and other stakeholders in order to raise public and political awareness. We note an absence of literature relating to the capacity of communities to learn from short-term funded projects that inherently are destined to provide a strategic blueprint for destination development and in most cases regeneration through community-based tourism action.

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