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Innovation and Growth in Tourism

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How is innovation transforming tourism business models? By tackling the subject of innovation, this report touches upon an important dimension of tourism economics rarely examined at the international level. It provides information about the dynamics and characteristics of innovation in tourism, and gives examples of how business models are evolving as a result. It also aims to provide an important contribution to further research and policy work in this area. The report includes a discussion of the conceptual issues regarding innovation in tourism, it illustrates national and industry practices enhancing innovation in tourism, and provides insights into the potential role of tourism policy in innovation.

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Can the State Promote Innovation in Tourism? Should It?

A number of developed economies face growth problems in tourism. The tourism industry also suffers from below-average labour productivity. There is a lack of innovation in tourism. This text questions the existence of mechanisms, such as innovation processes, that can be put in place to help governments to support quality improvements and increased profitability and to overcome this weakness in growth. Can the State promote innovation in tourism? Should it?

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