Published in: Annals of Tourism Research
Cited as: Matias Thuen Jørgensen, Anne Vorre Hansen, Flemming Sørensen, Lars Fuglsang, Jon Sundbo, Jens Friis Jensen, Collective tourism social entrepreneurship: A means for community mobilization and social transformation, Annals of Tourism Research, Volume 88, 2021, 103171, ISSN 0160-7383, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2021.103171.
Communities depicted by lack of opportunities for development often look to tourism initiatives as a means to combine economic growth and community building. Such activity highlights a nexus between tourism, social entrepreneurship and community development. This nexus has been investigated somewhat in tourism literature, but lacks empirical backing, as well as theoretical refinement. We argue that a collective perspective on social entrepreneurship in the tourism context is needed, and introduce a concept and framework for ‘Collective Tourism Social Entrepreneurship’. We investigate how these principles are utilized by local communities to combat depopulation and deterioration in two Danish destinations, and find that the proposed process can create (social) value even if the expected result is never reached.
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