We’re All in This Together: Understanding How Tourism Advocates Build Relationships across the Tourism Industry

Whitney Knollenberg, Nancy G. McGehee, Richard R. Perdue, Kathleen L. Andereck

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Abstract

The tourism industry has long been concerned with gaining political influence to ensure supportive policies and governance. Tourism advocates are leaders who seek political influence by creating a unified industry voice and setting a prioritized legislative agenda. This requires tourism advocates to have strong relationships with members of the tourism industry. We use a political advocacy framework to explore how tourism advocates develop as leaders and the behaviors they utilize to build relationships within the tourism industry in the context of a state tourism advocacy association in the United States. The findings suggest that there are many paths to becoming a tourism advocate, but all require supportive organizational resources, industry knowledge, and social capital as these attributes are vital in efforts to build the relationships with tourism industry members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • advocacy
  • leadership
  • political influence
  • tourism and politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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