This groundbreaking volume provides an overview of relevant innovation theories and related literatures on productivity and competitiveness, and their significance to contemporary tourism practices. It highlights the role of tourism-related mobility as a component of knowledge transfer and as a source of innovation in its own right.
The book introduces the reader to the overall significance of innovation at various levels, and the role that innovation plays in firm and place competition. Significantly, the book suggests that innovation in tourism is much more than a series of technological innovations, and instead needs to be understood in an economic, social and political context, with particular stress being placed on the extent to which innovations are shaped by the framework of governance and regulation, as well as by institutional factors.
In seeking to understand tourism and innovation relations, the volume stresses that there is also need to go beyond a firm level approach to connect firm capacities with the knowledge and mobilities of individuals as well as the degree to which firms are embedded within wider regulatory, territorial, cultural, economic and political relations.