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Institutional Thickness and Regional Tourism Development: Lessons from Antioquia, Colombia

Department of Geography, Faculty of Tourism & Geography, Rovira i Virgili University, Carrer de Joanot Martorell, 15, Vila-seca, 43480 Catalonia, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2568; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092568
Received: 31 March 2019 / Revised: 24 April 2019 / Accepted: 30 April 2019 / Published: 3 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tourism, Governance and Sustainable Development)
Researchers from different social sciences are increasingly interested in studying the role of institutions in regional development. Nevertheless, from the perspective of regional tourism development analysis, the role of institutions has been explored limitedly. Based on the institutional thickness approach, this study analyzed the role played by institutions in regional tourism development through a qualitative research procedure applied on a Latin American region. The study examined the institutional presence, the levels of interaction, the structures of domination and/or coalition patterns, and the common agendas in 28 institutions related to tourism in the region of Antioquia, Colombia. Results from this empirical analysis show that institutions play a decisive role in regional tourism development for reasons such as the allocation of economic resources, leadership, and interaction among stakeholders. Knowing these dynamics can be useful to boost better management and planning of tourism destinations throughout governance, coordination, and common agendas, and to enrich the debate on regional tourism development. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional development; institutional thickness; Latin America; economic geography; tourism geography regional development; institutional thickness; Latin America; economic geography; tourism geography
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Restrepo, N.; Anton Clavé, S. Institutional Thickness and Regional Tourism Development: Lessons from Antioquia, Colombia. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2568.

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