Policymaking for Tourism
Write an article on Policymaking for Tourism. It needs to be at least 3000 words. Thus, tourism, for any State, creates job opportunities, bringing in money, while forming a cost-effective measure to revive run-down communities (ibid). A sustainable and well-managed tourism sector is environmentally advantageous for the country, subsequently assisting in elevating the quality of lives for the local inhabitants. Thus it is imperative that public policies on an economic sector as important as tourism be carefully framed, keeping in mind various aspects like economic development of the chosen location, the sustainability of the entire project, amongst many others.Policies, in both public and private sectors, provide a framework for making decisions and help to connect the process of strategic planning with actual implementation (Wheelen and Hunger, 1990). Tourism policy is can be viewed as “a set of regulations, rules, guidelines, directives, and development objectives and strategies (Goeldner, Ritchie & McIntosh 2000, 445). In tourism policymaking, the focus would involve creating guidelines for the development of sustainable tourism along with a plan for future measures and developmental route (Jenkins 2000). The Tourism industry in any country includes other business sectors like hospitality services, museums, heritage sites, various events, and transportation, thus making it imperative that besides the governmental authorities, various actors and groups form other business sectors remain involved or taken under consideration while framing policies for tourism. This essay will examine the various actors and groups that remain involved in tourism policymaking, the levels of influence of the various groups involved in tourism policy-making and how this has changed over time, and evaluate the linkages and/or partnerships that exist between groups involved in tourism policy-making especially in the context of UK tourism.