The Role of Regional Agencies

Tourism as an Instrument for Development: A Theoretical and Practical Study

ISBN: 978-0-85724-679-0, eISBN: 978-0-85724-680-6

ISSN: 2042-1443

Publication date: 26 July 2014


Regional development agencies (RDAs) have recently been established in Turkey as a policy vehicle to support local governments and coordinate stakeholders’ activities. In compliance with the European Union policy guidelines, regional-level planning and policymaking are introduced for the first time in Turkey. Within the new system, tourism is designated as one of the critical development tools and thus the RDAs have become actively involved in tourism planning and development. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the role of these organizations in the enhancement of tourism in less developed areas, examining the case of Thrace and North Anatolia regions in Turkey, and the activities of these respective agencies.



Alvarez, M., Ertuna, B., Ünalan, D. and Hatipoğlu, B. (2014), "The Role of Regional Agencies", Tourism as an Instrument for Development: A Theoretical and Practical Study (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 127-147.

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