Mechanisms for the Formation of Tourism Organization Models in Greece Through a Comparative Analysis of Ten Greek Destinations' Development

Mechanisms for the Formation of Tourism Organization Models in Greece Through a Comparative Analysis of Ten Greek Destinations' Development

Sarantakou Efthymia (Hellenic Open University, Greece & Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2458-8.ch028
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Abstract

The scope of the chapter is to research and interpret how the organization models of tourism development have advanced in Greece at traditional, mainly coastal, tourist destinations. Using the notion of organization models, the chapter examines the size and category of tourism facilities and a series of qualitative characteristics, as well as the spatial “behavior” of the phenomenon.
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The Methodology For The Operational Analysis Of A Destination's Evolution

In the article I examine tourist destination as part of the touristic space, the analysis of which may be understood only in connection to the conditions that prevail in the origin and destination areas (external influence factors), as well as to its natural, cultural, economic and political environment (internal influence factors). In the article I assume that the life cycle model of the tourist product, defined by Butler in 19806, may be used as the basis for a descriptive framework to illustrate the destinations' evolution.

A complex operational framework was used to meet the needs of the study, which refers to the international experience and is adapted to the specific features of the Greek space: It examines the transition to the successive stages of development (volume of tourism activity) and at the same time but separately, the change of the organization models of tourism activity (size, category and elements of organization of tourism businesses), by connecting, at the same time, such changes to the mechanisms that formed them.

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