Tourism Microentrepreneurship: State Of The Art And Research Agenda

K. C. Birendra, Chantell Lapan, Bruno Ferreira, Duarte B. Morais

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Microentrepreneurship has always been an important driving force of the tourism industry. However, until recently, this sector was mostly invisible and understudied. Microentrepreneurs are now becoming influential stakeholders due to new information technologies that make their offerings easily accessible to a broader clientele and render their economic activity more transparent and taxable. There is a growing consensus that tourism microentrepreneurs can make destinations more competitive and equitable. Accordingly, there has been a surge of scholarship on tourism microentrepreneurship to inform strategies and policies to fuel microentrepreneurial development and its integration with the formal tourism sector. The purpose of this conceptual article is threefold: first, to discuss the definition of tourism microentrepreneurship and commonly used theoretical conceptualizations, as well as the evolution of research on tourism microentrepreneurship; second, to identify research gaps in the existing literature and propose avenues for future research; third, to serve as an introduction to a Special Section on Microentrepreneurship. In addition, we offer a set of practical recommendations for destination managers and supporting organizations to develop and nurture networks of microentrepreneurs, and to identify suitable and rewarding microentrepreneurial opportunities in the tourism business ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalTourism Review International
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Destination competitiveness
  • Destination stewardship
  • Livelihoods
  • Microentrepreneurship
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Tourism Microentrepreneurship: State Of The Art And Research Agenda'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this