Designing destinations for good: Using design roadmapping to support pro-active destination development.

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Abstract

This conceptual paper develops and justifies a pro-active, design-driven approach to sustainable destination development. Using insights from design science, it helps explain the limited practical usability of concepts such as the Tourism Area Life Cycle, by noting that these often focus on an aggregated ‘topological’ level of destination design, while a focus on experiences and product development on a ‘typological’ and ‘morphological’ level is key to constitute change. The ‘Tourism Destination Design Roadmap’ is introduced, its potential to scrutinise ‘visitor flows’ is explored as well as ways in which it can contribute to developing desirable qualities in a destination, while minimising negative impacts. The paper concludes by highlighting its conceptual contribution and identifying directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume89
Issue numberJuly
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Destination management
  • Evolutionary economic geography
  • Place design
  • Tourism design
  • Tourism planning
  • Visitor flows

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