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Progress in visitor attraction research: towards more effective management.

  Visitorattractions (VAs) play a crucial role in the success of a tourism destination, where they act as key motivators for visits and as resources for local communities. The range of stakeholders involved means their effectivemanagement is of key importance in the destination and in the overall success of a country's tourism product, yet they are an under-researched sector of the tourism system. This Progress in Tourism Management paper reviews and reflects on research publications in relation to this sector. It sets the wider research context and identifies the key management issues experienced at VAs. The paper identifies the limitations of current work in this field and establishes how factors such as ownership and visitor volume help to explain the complexities encountered in managing VAs. The paper then covers a set of themes to structure discussion of previous research activity and offers a model of factors involved in the effectivemanagement of VAs. The paper concludes with the development of a research agenda for VA researchers.

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    30 November 2009

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  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    658 General management


Leask, A. (2009). Progress in visitor attraction research: towards more effective management. Tourism Management. 31, 155-166. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2009.09.004. ISSN 0261-5177



Visitorattraction; Tourist attraction; Effectivemanagement; Research agenda;

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