Date: 23 May 2012

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

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Abstract

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.