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An analysis of the transformations of leadership and direction-setting in place marketing: a UK contextual view and case.

Scott, P, Higson, P, Fletcher, TG and Stokes, P (2018) An analysis of the transformations of leadership and direction-setting in place marketing: a UK contextual view and case. International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, 2 (3). pp. 239-254. ISSN 1753-5220

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Abstract

The marketing of places has experienced challenges in recent years. Prolonged and severe financial constraints have led to a considerable reduction in the public sector funding of initiatives. This is presenting new leadership imperatives. This paper elaborates place marketing and its changing identity and considers the nature and increasing need for effective leadership in the marketing of places. The study adopts an inductive approach and employs semi-structured interviews with senior executives from a range of destination marketing organisations. The research is contextualised within the UK and it uses places in North-West England to provide its focal setting developing two case studies with which to complement the wider data. The study identifies that the complexity of place marketing intertwined with financial pressures, creates a particular dynamic and a need for leadership to clarify, decode and respond to the resulting situations. The evidence presented points to a compelling need for leaders in the sector to accept and embrace the new realities and to provide a clear vision for the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2102 Curatorial And Related Studies, 1506 Tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Inderscience
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 10:42
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 10:42
DOI or Identification number: 10.1504/IJDCET.2017.10010258
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8385

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