The role of innovation in special interest tourism: a theoretical approach

  • Bruno Barbosa Sousa Bruno Sousa Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave – IPCA; Applied Management Research Unit - UNIAG, Portugal e-mail: bsousa@ipca.pt
Keywords: Competitiveness, Ecotourism, Innovation, Sustainability

Abstract

Introduction: The innovation process, and its application to several contexts, has been gradually gaining ground in the academic community as a field of study. Similarly, in recent decades, tourism has received greater attention from academics in different sciences and focus (e.g. economic, social, cultural and environmental).

Objective: The purpose of this study is to explore and to contribute the literature on special interest tourism and innovation process (e.g. ecotourism management).

Methods: This is a conceptual paper that brings together the major components of innovation process and its implications in special interest tourism contexts (e.g. ecotourism).

Results: The study presents closely to primary classical innovation and entrepreneurship issues. The creation process associated with the nature and sustainable reservation systems, mechanisms and information sharing are a competitive advantage over tourism destinations and products.

Conclusions: The generators entrepreneurship and innovative factors that may trigger an entrepreneurial activity. The study considers some of the implications for management and literature. Implications for future research are also presented. 

Author Biography

Bruno Barbosa Sousa, Bruno Sousa Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave – IPCA; Applied Management Research Unit - UNIAG, Portugal e-mail: bsousa@ipca.pt
Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy (Researcher in Tourism Marketing) - since 2009, at: School of Management - Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), Portugal / UNIAG PhD Marketing and Strategy (Researcher in Tourism Marketing) at University of Minho Director of Tourism Management Management – IPCA Editorial Advisory Board from European Journal of Applied Business and Management (EJABM) - NIDISAG Market Analist at Sonae Distribuição – Modelo e Continente, S.A. (2006 to 2009) Marketing Assistant - Jornal O Jogo at Controlinveste (2005) Teaching Award from the School of Economics and Management of the University of Minho Best Thesis in Tourism Award - International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (ICIEMC 2015) - Management Graduation, University of Minho Award - Best performance (2006) - 17 [0;20] - Merit Scholarship for Students in Public Higher Education (Academic Council in Business Economics and Policy at the University of Minho) - 2004/05 Awards of Merit Scholarship by University of Minho in 2001/02 - 2002/03 - 2003/04

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Published
2018-01-31
Section
Engineering, Technology, Management and Tourism