9781860645785

Tourism in Transition Economic Change in Central Europe

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    9781860645785

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    186064578X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-06
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris

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Summary

Major changes have occurred in the tourism industries in Central Europe which have implications not just for the countries involved but for all of the tourism industries in Europe. Tourism in Transition provides a detailed analysis of the role of tourism in the economic transition which has swept central and eastern Europe since 1989. The work on privatization in particular is highly innovative and will be of interest to a wider community of social scientists beyond tourism specialists.

Author Biography

Allan M. Williams is Professor of Human Geography and European Studies at the University of Exeter.

Vladimir Balaz is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Forecasting at the Slovak Academy of Science.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Tourism and Transition
1(13)
Transition in Central Europe: path dependency and path creation
1(2)
Tourism and the challenge of transition
3(4)
Global changes in tourism production and consumption
7(3)
The Czech and Slovak Republics: case studies of tourism in transition
10(4)
Economic Transition and Tourism
14(45)
Central planning and market economies
14(2)
The twilight years of state-socialism
16(3)
Tourism under state-socialism
19(5)
The economic transition and tourism
24(14)
Tourism policies during transition
38(18)
Conclusions: uneven and hesitant interventionism
56(3)
Transition and the Re-internationalization of Markets
59(30)
Changes in international tourism consumption and behaviour
59(1)
Changing domestic and international markets
60(8)
The challenge of repositioning in international markets
68(11)
The economic impact of international tourism
79(3)
Conclusions: the role of internationalization
82(7)
The Privatization and Development of the Private Sector
89(41)
Privatization: neo-liberalism and `political capitalism'
89(1)
Privatization pathways
90(10)
Tourism at the leading edge of privatization
100(16)
Case studies of tourism privatization
116(12)
Conclusions: privatization as a precondition for market relationships
128(2)
The Economic Performance of Tourism Businesses: Ownership and Corporate Governance
130(30)
Introduction: a leading economic sector?
130(1)
Tourism in the National Accounts
131(3)
Businesses structures and economic outcomes
134(9)
Property rights, management and corporate governance
143(13)
Conclusions: interpreting economic performance
156(4)
Tourism and Uneven Regional Development
160(36)
Tourism and regional restructuring
160(1)
Uneven development during transition: de-industrialization and divergence
161(8)
The regional structure of tourism
169(4)
Re-internationalization and the changing regional structure of tourism flows
173(16)
Conclusions: Tourism and regional divergence versus convergence
189(7)
Consumption: Collective Provision and Commodification
196(27)
Domestic tourism under statre-socialism
196(8)
Social tourism versus commodification during the transformation
204(14)
Changing patterns of domestic tourist preferences
218(3)
Conclusions: New or old pathways in domestic tourism?
221(2)
Conclusions
223(9)
Reflections on tourism in transition
223(1)
Tourism and the state: strategic sector or policy neglect
224(1)
Re-internationalization: global competition and spatial proximity
225(2)
Privatization: Property rights and production
227(1)
Tourism and uneven development
228(2)
Consumption: Leisure time and tourism as casualties of transition?
230(2)
Bibliography 232(13)
Annexes 245(7)
Index 252

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