Tourism entrepreneurs in Northumberland

Bosworth, Gary and Farrell, Helen (2011) Tourism entrepreneurs in Northumberland. Annals of Tourism Research, 38 (4). pp. 1474-1494. ISSN 0160-7383

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Tourism is viewed as an increasingly important component of rural economic potential, especially in peripheral regions of the UK. As a sector, however, it is dominated by low skilled employment, seasonal demand cycles and perceived low levels of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In this paper we explore the role of in-migrant owners of small tourism firms (STFs) in promoting entrepreneurship and developing competition in the tourism economy of Northumberland. We hypothesise that through a combination of extra-local networks and local embeddedness these business owners are not only succeeding for themselves but they are stimulating other local businesses by increasing local trade, heightening competition and raising standards and aspirations among all STFs.

Keywords:lifestyle businesses, Rural development, entrepreneurship, counterurbanisation, embeddedness
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N190 Business studies not elsewhere classified
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
N Business and Administrative studies > N830 UK Tourism
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:4538
Deposited On:14 Jun 2011 03:25

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