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Article Type: Editorial From: Tourism Review, Volume 66, Issue 4
The last issue of this volume of Tourism Review contains five papers.
The first paper by Robert Ford, Amy Gresock and William Peeper describes ways and offers propositions for effective non-profit executives to identify, recruit, and motivate the continuing engagement of the members needed on their Boards in order to acquire resources critical to their sustained success. While the research is exploratory, the authors find that organisations with more diverse Boards are more successful than those with less diverse Boards. They further argue that effective organisations use a thoughtful process for heterogeneous Board selection.
Ruggero Sainaghi in his, the second paper, aims to identify ARR (average room rate) determinants of individual firms located in a destination. Independent variables are searched along “what” (product) and “where” (location) dimensions. Empirical findings identify four main significant and relevant determinants related to the “what” positioning – number of rooms, number of employees, number of employees per room, years since the last refurbishment – and confirm the relevance of location, and especially the centrality inside the destination.
The third contribution in this issue (authored by Mohammed Eraqi, Ayman Kasem, Suzan Hassan and Ahmad Ragab) discusses the development of a comprehensive tourism satellite account-human resource module (TSA-HRM) which can complement and enhance the analytical capacity provided by the TSA, allowing for a broader insight into tourism’s role in the economy, especially in the Egyptian economy.
The fourth contribution, by Desirée Verbeek, Bertine Bargeman and Hans Mommaas, is on the topic “A sustainable tourism mobility passage”. In aiming for a sustainable development of Alpine tourism, tourism boards and municipalities of 22 villages cooperate in the Alpine Pearls (AP) association. The main goal of the AP association is to develop an integrated, continuous passage for sustainable tourism mobility, which improves the possibilities for environmental-friendly travelling to, between and in the Alpine Pearls villages. This paper is focused on whether and how this “passage” enables tourists to travel smoothly, problem-free and environmentally friendly to and in the Alpine region.
Finally, the fifth paper in this issue paves the way for an upcoming Special Issue on tourism and minorities. Harald Pechlaner, Sandra Lange and Frieda Raich address whether and to what extent locals and guests of tourist areas populated by minority populations perceive and are aware of the uniqueness, variety and potential of the minority in a region. The study in two separate locations in Europe shows that ethnic minority populations can offer added value for holidaymakers in tourist destinations.
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