The position paper: future tourism destinations development

The aim of this project (the position paper) is to clarify the essences of destination development in a clear, communicable storyline. The storyline refers to major shifts that are decisive for the (near) future, various phases / stages that are involved in those transitions, and appoints the factors that are the driving forces in those transitions. This position paper will offer various tools for future tourism development for DMOs, policy makers, politicians, advisors, regional intermediaries, and entrepreneurs. The project is being done in cooperation with CELTH.

This research project is still running.


This position paper consists of three parts and answers several important questions:

  1. The Perspective: destinations in transition. How do destinations develop over time?
  2. The Challenges: the 7 must-haves for development. What is needed to build conscious destinations?
  3. The Future: closing of knowledge chains. How can we contributes to development and how that relates to the roles and responsibilities of other parties.