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Assessment of destination performance: a strategy map approach

Manuela De Carlo (Marketing Department, and is Director of Master in Tourism Management, IULM University, Milan, Italy)
Antonella Cugini (Associate Professor of Accounting, Department of Economics, University of Padua, Padua, Italy)
Fabrizio Zerbini (Business Management Department, Bocconi University and Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 20 June 2008




Notwithstanding a growing interest on destination management, little is known about the formation and evaluation of destination managers' strategies. Strategy assessment is essential to understand whether, and how, destination managers allow the reconciliation of the diverse stakeholders' interests within an integrated destination plan, pursuing the development of the destination. The purpose of this paper is the exploration and building of a strategy assessment approach.


A qualitative methodology is adopted, to identify key dimensions of strategy assessment and their combination within an integrated destination plan. Data come from the city of Turin, and the destination management organization developed for 2006 Winter Olympic Games.


The use of balanced scorecard approaches points out how a financial dimension is key in meta‐management contexts, notwithstanding the public interests of the destination supply system. Also, this work discloses the formative process that characterizes strategic planning within supply networks of tourism destination. It describes the hierarchy of strategy assessment, taking into consideration externalities emerging from integrated supply systems developed at the destination level.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations are intrinsic to case study methods, and points on findings generalizability.

Practical implications

The paper offers insights on developing analytical capability within meta‐management organizations, to diagnose value creation and competitiveness gaps. Also, it gives insights on developing co‐ordination capabilities, allowing different strategic goals to be drawn into an integrated design.


The paper offers a novel approach for developing a strategy map, and contributes to prior research on strategy assessment in meta‐management.



De Carlo, M., Cugini, A. and Zerbini, F. (2008), "Assessment of destination performance: a strategy map approach", Tourism Review, Vol. 63 No. 2, pp. 25-37.



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