Tourism Competitiveness, conceptualization, meaning and measurement
Robertico Croes, Institute for Tourism Studies, Department of Administration and Finance, United States
The purpose of this session is to further the debate about the conceptualization, meaning and measurement of tourism competitiveness. Tourism competitiveness has received heightened attention in the literature. Yet, its conceptualization, meaning and measurement of the construct is still inconclusive thereby hampering new insights and understanding. Competitiveness has been associated with memorable experiences and quality of life. However, the construct has remained elusive in terms of lacking a clear answer to either its formative or reflective structure. Obviously, the structure of the construct will shape its meaning and measurement; and consequently, policy choices that may be available to destination managers. The session invites papers that will address these issues.