Tourism Destination Competitiveness: Comparative and Competitive Advantage.

Ernest Azzopardi, Robert Nash

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Tourism literature includes several studies which either elaborate single variable models or present limited frameworks to explain tourism competitiveness, with a few exceptions focusing on developing a comprehensive Tourism Destination Competitiveness (TDC) model that incorporates numerous elements. This paper presents a review of extant models of competitiveness. The international competitiveness literature is reviewed for the theoretical and practical insights that general conceptualisations and models can generate as well as for their implications for tourism. Landmark frameworks are appraised for their contribution to the development of TDC models. Major categories, concepts themes and indicators advanced by these models are scrutinised for their relevance and impact on TDC. The wider models of Crouch and Ritchie, Dwyer and Kim and Heath are described in detail and contrasted for their comprehensiveness, as well as for their validity and applicability to specific destinations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Economics Research
EditorsAlbert Tavidze
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)978-1-53613-340-0
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameProgress in Economics Research
PublisherNova Science Publishers
ISSN (Print)1549-1552


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