Title

A framework for island destination competitiveness – perspectives from the island of Malta

Date of this Version

2-27-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Azzopardi, E., & Nash, R. (2015, online). A framework for island destination competitiveness – perspectives from the island of Malta. Current Issues in Tourism.

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© Copyright, Taylor & Francis, 2015

ISSN

1368-3500

Abstract

This paper identifies a set of factors that determines tourism destination competitiveness (TDC) on the island of Malta. It presents an overview of a proposed destination competitiveness framework grounded in the research participants' perspective. It proposes a model portraying the various categories and components and how they connect to competitiveness. Thirty-five qualitative in-depth interviews are conducted with key “experts” in tourism. It emerges from the participants' description that sixty tourism-specific and business-related determinants provide a broad framework for assessing TDC on the island of Malta. The framework serves to reveal the dynamic complexity of destination competitiveness which is perceived as a means to ensuring prosperity for individual stakeholders and society at large.

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