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The first thematic workshop on «Strategic Importance of Tourism as a Part of an Integrated Development Strategy of Countries and Places» showed that strategic importance…
The first thematic workshop on «Strategic Importance of Tourism as a Part of an Integrated Development Strategy of Countries and Places» showed that strategic importance of tourism varies according to its economic weight and political actuality. In many countries the economic importance of tourism is relatively low and tourism goals are not high on the political agenda. Nevertheless, even in such countries, tourism can be important economic activity for some less developed places (regions).
This article attempts to analyse social relations between tourists and the inhabitants of tourism regions in Greece, from 1960 to the present. The introduction describes…
This article attempts to analyse social relations between tourists and the inhabitants of tourism regions in Greece, from 1960 to the present. The introduction describes the special characteristics of the regions concerned by the analysis, and the parameters of greatest importance to the analysis framework. The analysis itself discusses two periods in detail. The first period (1960–80) covers what is historically considered Greece's first stage of tourism development. The second (1980–98) discusses the basis for the subsequent transition to industrialised mass tourism. In its conclusions the article sums up the main characteristics and peculiarities of communication between tourists and the local population in a country as dependent on tourism as Greece.
In many tourism country destinations the dominant structure is that of small‐to‐medium enterprises (SMEs). They are prevalent for example in the hotel trade, travel agencies, tourism transport systems and the many tourism‐related attractions. In contrary, in new destinations in emerging economies and developing countries that have strong tourism sectors the big corporations and chains are particularly well represented. Each of these sectors — the big corporations and the chains that operate on an industrial scale on the one hand, and the smaller type of business on the other — has its own characteristic structural advantages and disadvantages.