Jul 30th, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Rethinking Tourism Cluster Development Models for Global Competitiveness


The purpose of this paper is to propose a tourism cluster development model for global competitiveness. By indicating the deficiency in current clusters and tourism competitiveness models, this newly proposed model takes three key issues into account: the role of transnational corporations in tourism cluster development, interconnection between cluster actors, and the separation of cluster actors. This paper expands the current tourism development model from one which has mainly focused on a home-based environment in tourism development to the global framework, which can better account for global competitiveness.