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Article Dans Une Revue Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Année : 2013

Is "cluster" a relevant concept for tourism?

Philippe Violier
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This research is a conceptual reflection around tourism clusters. Cluster is a concept that originates in industrial organization theories. It has to be revisited in order to understand geographical tourist development. Three axes are investigated: the service nature of tourism, the specific proximity processes it activates, and the nature of tourisms embeddedness in the regional socio-economic context. We show that tourism clusters cannot be conceived nor created without tourists, that must be seen as active actors of the cluster. Tourism clusters must also take into account the intermediaries who stimulate proximities and especially supra-local organizations. They finally cannot be understood without taking into account the specific socio-economic context of each destination.

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hal-03363769 , version 1 (04-10-2021)


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Cécile Clergeau-Allain Des Beauvais, Philippe Violier. Is "cluster" a relevant concept for tourism?. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 2013, 11 (1), pp.54 - 70. ⟨hal-03363769⟩
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