An important aspect of competitiveness between destinations concerns the way in which historical and cultural heritage is used. Thus, the relationship between territories and firms grows stronger, shifting the focus on the innovation processes within and across destinations. To increase our understanding of how these processes take place in a tourism destination, more theoretical and empirical research is required. This paper aims to respond to this call by examining the central role played by the Italian phenomenon of Albergo Diffuso (AD) through a co-evolutionary approach, fertilized by the evolutionary economic geography literature. The study focuses on the dynamics of the relationship between this new hospitality model, territories and tourists, by analysing 14 case studies of ADs rooted in historical villages. Findings show that AD can be considered as a new sustainability-oriented hospitality model which, by creating synergies with its territory, positively affects the competitiveness of the destinations where ADs are located. The theoretical implications suggest that the creation and development of these innovative firms are the result of effective multi-level co-evolutionary adaptations, adding new elements to the existing literature on innovation in tourism. Moreover, implications for both entrepreneurs and policymakers emerge, together with suggestions for future research.

Paniccia, P., & Leoni, L. (2017). Co-evolution in tourism: the case of Albergo Diffuso. CURRENT ISSUES IN TOURISM, 22(10), 1216-1243 [10.1080/13683500.2017.1367763].

Co-evolution in tourism: the case of Albergo Diffuso

Paniccia P.;Leoni L.
2017

Abstract

An important aspect of competitiveness between destinations concerns the way in which historical and cultural heritage is used. Thus, the relationship between territories and firms grows stronger, shifting the focus on the innovation processes within and across destinations. To increase our understanding of how these processes take place in a tourism destination, more theoretical and empirical research is required. This paper aims to respond to this call by examining the central role played by the Italian phenomenon of Albergo Diffuso (AD) through a co-evolutionary approach, fertilized by the evolutionary economic geography literature. The study focuses on the dynamics of the relationship between this new hospitality model, territories and tourists, by analysing 14 case studies of ADs rooted in historical villages. Findings show that AD can be considered as a new sustainability-oriented hospitality model which, by creating synergies with its territory, positively affects the competitiveness of the destinations where ADs are located. The theoretical implications suggest that the creation and development of these innovative firms are the result of effective multi-level co-evolutionary adaptations, adding new elements to the existing literature on innovation in tourism. Moreover, implications for both entrepreneurs and policymakers emerge, together with suggestions for future research.
Pubblicato
Rilevanza internazionale
Articolo
Esperti anonimi
Settore SECS-P/08 - Economia e Gestione delle Imprese
eng
Paniccia, P., & Leoni, L. (2017). Co-evolution in tourism: the case of Albergo Diffuso. CURRENT ISSUES IN TOURISM, 22(10), 1216-1243 [10.1080/13683500.2017.1367763].
Paniccia, P; Leoni, L
Articolo su rivista
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Paniccia_Leoni_Current.pdf

non disponibili

Licenza: Copyright dell'editore
Dimensione 275.41 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
275.41 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/199336
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 24
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 30
social impact