Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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Globalisation, SMEs and Tourism Development

The main objective of this chapter is to examine how the globalisation of tourism is affecting the role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the industry’s supply and distribution value chains and networks. It examines how SMEs can best operate in a global market place, even though their theatre of activities is local, how small companies can best compete with both local suppliers and with major international tourism companies and multi-national enterprises (MNEs), and how recent developments in technology, especially in the area of Internet-based information and reservations systems, can best be embraced by SMEs. The report draws on previous work by the OECD and on a series of case studies carried out on this subject by a number of member States.

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