The Economics of Tourism Destinations

Part of the series Springer Texts in Business and Economics pp 1-13


Introduction: Economics of Tourism, Economics of Destinations, Tourism Studies and Other Related Issues

  • Guido CandelaAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Bologna
  • , Paolo FiginiAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Bologna

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In the early days, research in tourism was mainly stimulated by investigations commissioned by business associations and policy makers rather than by scientific curiosity on open issues and by a clear research agenda (Ashworth 1989). At that time, the research was acritically descriptive and inadequate in the methodology, instruments, and approaches used.