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Thriving family businesses in tourism and hospitality: A systematic review and a synthesis of the relevant literature

Mark Anthony Camilleri (Department of Corporate Communication, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, Msida, Malta) (The Business School, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
Marco Valeri (Faculty of Economics, Niccolò Cusano University, Rome, Italy)

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

Article publication date: 16 December 2021

Issue publication date: 29 November 2022




This contribution appraises previous theoretical underpinnings that are focused on family businesses in tourism and hospitality. It discusses about the opportunities and challenges for their development.


A systematic literature review was carried out through peer-reviewed publications that were indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. It relied on the PRISMA protocol to evaluate rigorous articles and reviews. A content analysis sheds light on high impact contributions on “family business” and “tourism” or “hospitality”, which were published since 2010.


This bibliographic research captured, analyzed and synthesized the findings from previous contributions to identify the factors that are facilitating the growth prospects, long-term sustainability and innovative approaches of family businesses within the tourism and hospitality industry.


Currently, there are just a few contributions that advance relevant knowledge and understanding on the business development of family firms in tourism and hospitality. This research addresses this academic gap as these entities constitute the life blood of tourist destinations in various contexts.



The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive remarks and suggestions.

Funding: This research was funded through the University of Malta’s Academic Work Resources Fund.


Camilleri, M.A. and Valeri, M. (2022), "Thriving family businesses in tourism and hospitality: A systematic review and a synthesis of the relevant literature", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 555-576.



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