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Article Type: Editorial From: Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Volume 1, Issue 4
Welcome to Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes (WHATT) Volume 1, Number 4. Our aim is to make a practical and theoretical contribution to the sustainable development of the worldwide hospitality and tourism industry. Each theme issue addresses a significant industry challenge – starting from a strategic question and leading to outcomes that are practical and implementable. To accomplish this task, theme editors assemble a team of academics who collaborate with industry practitioners in the analysis and development of possible solutions. The intended outcome of peer review is a themed collection of clear and concisely written, accessible articles that contain insights, analysis, and authoritative responses to industry challenges.
This theme issue has been planned and edited by Ki-Joon Back and John Bowen of the University of the Houston, USA. I should like to thank them and their team of contributors for providing a detailed picture of the stakeholder benefits that can accrue from a well-managed gaming operation. The analysis they provide is of particular interest to government officials, tourist destination planners, and the communities in which casino resorts are located. It is quite probably the most complete review to-date of the potential that casinos offer to help support the economic develop of the communities in which they are located. Thank you Ki-Joon, John and team for the clarity and depth of this review and for the many possibilities that emerge from your strategic question.
If you have a key industry challenge in mind that you would like to address via a WHATT theme issue, do please contact me.
Richard TeareManaging Editor, WHATT