Journal of Investment and Management

Special Issue

Attractiveness and Governance of Tourist Destinations

  • Submission Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Navid Mollaee
About This Special Issue
In the current scenario more and more tourism destinations are under pressure to sustain their attractiveness in order to remain competitive (Krešić and Prebežac, 2011). For this reason, in the last decades the study of tourist destinations has been more and more at the centre of international academic debate. Many authors (Viassone, 2012; Cracolici and Nijkamp, 2008) have emphasized the importance of tourism attractiveness but the management of tourist destinations involves a high number of stakeholders who could be more or less willing to cooperate together. For this reason investigating the way the government manages tourist destinations (Zhang, 2011) at different levels (international, national, local) is very important to assure them a path of sustainable development.

In this scenario it becomes interesting to study the role that governance of tourist destinations plays on their attractiveness/competitiveness and vice versa. An attempt to individuate drivers at the base of these two dimensions and to measure them could allow to assess how to increase their positions and draw future strategies.We solicit for papers (contemporary reviews, original research papers, case studies, perspectives, views and opinion on this topic) from researchers, scientists, lecturers from all around the world.

This special issue could serve as a starting point for destinations that would like to change or review their strategies, policies, scientific methods and to address issues that presently affect or will affect the society in the future.
Lead Guest Editor
  • Navid Mollaee

    Management Department, Faculty of Humanities Sciences, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran

Guest Editors
  • Milena Viassone

    Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

  • Milena Viassone

    Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

  • George Soklis

    Research Institute for Tourism, Athens, Greece, and School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Published Articles
  • Creative Resources for Attractive Seaside Resorts: The French Turn

    Anne Gombault , Ludovic Falaix , Emeline Hatt , Jérôme Piriou

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 77-85
    Received: Dec. 20, 2014
    Accepted: Jan. 12, 2015
    Published: Feb. 11, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.20
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: This article presents a qualitative analysis of the specific strategies used by coastal resorts in the South of France to valorise their creative regional resources. These strategies emerge from factors of change in the trajectories of the resorts: change in the relationship between man and nature, environmental turning point and the need for susta... Show More
  • The Widespread Hotel: New Hotel Model for Business Tourist

    Filippo Monge , Daniele Cattaneo , Angela Scilla

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 69-76
    Received: Dec. 19, 2014
    Accepted: Jan. 19, 2015
    Published: Feb. 11, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.19
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: The territories are in competition among them for attract human, economic and financial resources. The attractiveness has become the target of recent urban policies. In fact, the constant appeals to events, be they even simple events or events lasting more days, or real places built for the occasion and adaptable to multiple uses, all linked to rec... Show More
  • Perceptioning as a Tool for Destination Branding: The case of Liguria as Wikidestination

    Kamel Ben Youssef , Martha Friel , Thomas Leicht , Lidia Marongiu

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 58-68
    Received: Jan. 23, 2015
    Accepted: Jan. 23, 2015
    Published: Jan. 29, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.18
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: The perceptioning model developed by Bassani et al. (2002, 2007, and 2011) permits to design, launch and develop a strong brand in B2B and B2C markets. In recent years, it has also been used to build wikibrands (Moffit and Dover, 2010) and successful products relying on the high involvement of consumers’ communities in value creation processes. The... Show More
  • Culinary Tourism: Made in Italy Food and Real Estate Finance for the Creation of a Culinary Theme Park

    Carlo Felice Maggi , Michela Avataneo

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 51-57
    Received: Dec. 18, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 25, 2014
    Published: Jan. 23, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.17
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: There are numerous studies and research on tourism as well as specifically on culinary tourism, all aimed at understanding their characteristics and how to develop them into a source of growth for the country. The special features of the new culinary theme park (F.I.C.O.) render it innovative. It is not only a project that has never been seen befor... Show More
  • Customer Satisfaction in Tourist Destination: The Case of Tourism Offer in the City of Naples

    Valentina Della Corte , Mauro Sciarelli , Clelia Cascella , Giovanna Del Gaudio

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 39-50
    Received: Dec. 19, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 23, 2014
    Published: Jan. 03, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.16
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: This paper investigates the main elements that can influence customer satisfaction in tourist services, with specific reference to tourism industry. The importance of this topic resides in the fact that tourists’ positive experiences of service, products, and other resources provided by tourism destinations can produce customer retention as well as... Show More
  • Tourist Destinations Positioning: From Indexes to Managerial Implications

    Jean Paul Lemaire , Milena Viassone

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 30-38
    Received: Nov. 27, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 15, 2014
    Published: Dec. 31, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.15
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: Despite the numerous attempts to define Tourist Destination Attractiveness (TDA) and Governance (TDG), there are no identified contributions concerning the analysis of these elements in a systemic way. This paper creates a TDA-TDG matrix able to map destinations on the basis of these dimensions, in order to draw development strategies. Drivers of T... Show More
  • “Total Attractiveness” for Consumer in advanced D.D.-B.B. Systemic Marketing in Tourism Management

    Alberto Marino

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 23-29
    Received: Dec. 17, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 18, 2014
    Published: Dec. 30, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.14
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: Part of literature and practice in tourism destination (Management) often consider (in case of weak marketing point of view) a too restrictive interpretation and implementation of (destination) “attractiveness”. This is a paradox. Frequently attractiveness in tourist destination management only means natural and intrinsic appeal of a destination, s... Show More
  • Alpine Tourism as an Economic Development Factor. A Market Perspective

    Giuseppe Tardivo

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 10-16
    Received: Dec. 15, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 16, 2014
    Published: Dec. 27, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.12
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: Tourism trends and policies is becoming an international reference and benchmark on how effectively countries are supporting competitiveness, innovation and growth, and shed light on policies and practices associated with this. Despite the topic of attractiveness of tourist destinations is at the center of the international economic debate, there a... Show More
  • Ethical Food as a Differentiation Factor for Tourist Destinations: The Case of “Slow Food”

    Milena Viassone , Martin Grimmer

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 1-9
    Received: Nov. 27, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 15, 2014
    Published: Dec. 27, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.11
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: In recent years, the topic of ethical food has assumed increasing importance in international academic debate. Despite there being some studies carried out on this topic, there is limited literature on the role ethical food plays in the tourism sector and, specifically, in tourist destination attractiveness. This paper explores how ethical food can... Show More
  • Evaluating Performance in the Hotel Industry: An Empirical Analysis of Piedmont

    Gabriele Santoro

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1-1, February 2015
    Pages: 17-22
    Received: Dec. 15, 2014
    Accepted: Dec. 16, 2014
    Published: Dec. 27, 2014
    DOI: 10.11648/j.jim.s.2015040101.13
    Downloads:
    Views:
    Abstract: The hotel industry is a key sector in the tourism industry because it is essential for the supplying of all other tourism services and it is the first service demanded by tourists who reach the destination. To assess hotel’s performance appears a hard task, because of the presence of many factors to consider, economic but also less tangible. The ai... Show More