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Opening the path of gastro-tourism cluster development: the case of Cyprus

Zanete Garanti (City Unity College Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus) (Faculty of Economics and Social Development, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava, Latvia)
Christiana Stylianou (Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus) (Unicaf University, Larnaca, Cyprus)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 30 August 2022

Issue publication date: 13 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to identify stakeholders and dimensions of the gastro-tourism cluster in Cyprus in order to facilitate the creation of a network of unique culinary experiences for tourists.

Design/methodology/approach

The qualitative research approach was undertaken through interaction with academics, researchers, and public and private sector stakeholders during the Gastro-Tourism Conference, which was organized by the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, in May 2022. The study draws on data from non-structured interviews conducted with tourism industry professionals and stakeholders.

Findings

Four stakeholders of the gastro-tourism cluster were identified: enterprises from the gastro sector, supportive enterprises and industries, public institutions, and other institutions. Geographic proximity and knowledge sharing are the main dimensions affecting the gastro-tourism cluster in Cyprus.

Originality/value

The authors identified stakeholders in and dimensions of the gastro-tourism cluster in Cyprus, each of which plays a significant role in creating culinary experiences for visitors and ensuring more sustainable and less seasonal development of the island as a destination.

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Citation

Garanti, Z. and Stylianou, C. (2022), "Opening the path of gastro-tourism cluster development: the case of Cyprus", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 492-500. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2022-0076

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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