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Article Type: Editorial From: Tourism Review, Volume 66, Issue 3
In this issue, and after two Special Issues, we finally publish a selection of six papers from last year’s AIEST conference.
The first paper, by Robert Steiger (University of Innsbruck, Austria), investigates the sensitivity of ski businesses and of the accommodation sector to warm winter seasons and draws conclusions for climate change vulnerability.
A number of papers have been provided by our Finnish collegues. Ulla Hakala and Arja Lemmetyinen test how the co-creation paradigm is applied to nation branding in order to analyze how the identity and image of a nation brand are inter-twined in terms of levels and dimensions, respectively. Kirsi Meriläinen and again Arja Lemmetyinen present a piece of work which – relating to destination management – tries to provide a conceptual definition of the term “network management”. Finally, Juho Pesonen, Raija Komppula, Christopher Kronenberg and Mike Peters contribute to our understanding of the relationship of push and pull motivations in rural tourism.
A paper by Anita Zehrer from the Management Center Innsbruck explores the pertinent issues of knowledge management in tourism using the example of tourism organisations in Austria. The paper undertakes a review of the relevant literature before applying Grant’s model of knowledge management to Austrian tourism organisations.
The availability and price of oil are intimately linked to the global economy and as a result to tourism. The paper by Susanne Becken (Lincoln University, Christchurch) presents the results from research on tourism and oil, undertaken with a particular focus on New Zealand as a long-haul destination in the light of dwindling global oil resources.
We wish you a good and hopefully interesting read.