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Integrated Rural Tourism in the English-Welsh Cross-border Region: An Analysis of Strategic, Administrative and Personal Challenges

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  • Brian Ilbery
  • Gunjan Saxena
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    Ilbery B. and Saxena G. Integrated rural tourism in the English-Welsh cross-border region: an analysis of strategic, administrative and personal challenges, Regional Studies. Cross-border tourism development is fraught with tensions, as is evident in the English-Welsh cross-border region. This paper examines strategic, administrative, and personal challenges in developing and promoting integrated approaches to rural tourism in the region. It is argued that the concept of integrated rural tourism could be useful to agencies already engaged in promoting coordination through enterprise and innovation. However, findings suggest that, whilst integrated rural tourism was welcomed by respondents as an opportunity to foster partnership modes of working across the border, limitations posed by existing administrative boundaries and weak inter-sectoral collaboration greatly impede the growth of a strategic vision. [image omitted] Ilbery B. et Saxena G. Le tourisme rural integre dans la region transfrontliere anglo-galloise: une analyse des defis strategiques, administratifs et personnels, Regional Studies. Le developpement du tourisme transfrontalier est lourd de tensions, ce qui est evident dans la region transfrontaliere anglo-galloise. Cet article cherche a examiner les defis strategiques, administratifs et personnels quant au developpement et a la promotion des facons integrees d'aborder la question du tourisme rural dans la region. On affirme que la notion de tourisme rural integre pourrait aider les agences qui s'engagent deja a la promotion de la coordination par moyen de l'esprit d'entreprise et de l'innovation. Cependant, les resultats laissent voir que les horizons delimites en fonction de circonscriptions d'action administratives et par la collaboration inter-sectorielle faible entravent sensiblement la naissance d'une vision strategique, alors que les personnes interrogees ont accueilli favorablement la possibilite de promouvoir un partenariat transfrontalier. Tourisme rural integre Point de vue relationnel Initiatives transfrontalieres Frontiere anglo-galloise Agences institutionnelles Ilbery B. und Saxena G. Integrierter landlicher Tourismus in der Grenzregion von England und Wales: eine Analyse der strategischen, verwaltungstechnischen und personlichen Probleme, Regional Studies. Wie in der Grenzregion von England und Wales deutlich wird, ist die Entwicklung eines grenznahen Tourismus mit Spannungen verbunden. In diesem Beitrag werden die strategischen, verwaltungstechnischen und personlichen Probleme bei der Entwicklung und Forderung von integrierten Ansatzen des landlichen Tourismus in der Region untersucht. Es wird argumentiert, dass das Konzept des integrierten landlichen Tourismus fur Akteure nutzlich sein konnte, die sich durch Unternehmungen und Innovation bereits an einer Forderung der Koordination beteiligen. Allerdings legen die Ergebnisse nahe, dass ein integrierter landlicher Tourismus von den Umfrageteilnehmern zwar als Chance zur Forderung einer partnerschaftlichen grenzubergreifenden Zusammenarbeit begrusst wurde, zugleich aber das Entstehen einer strategischen Vision durch Einschrankungen aufgrund der vorhandenen verwaltungstechnischen Grenzen und einer mangelnden Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Sektoren erheblich behindert wurde. Integrierter landlicher Tourismus Beziehungsperspektive Grenzuberschreitende Initiativen Grenzregion von England und Wales Institutionelle Akteure Ilbery B. y Saxena G. Turismo rural integrado en la region transfronteriza de Inglaterra y Gales: un analisis de retos estrategicos, administrativos y personales, Regional Studies. El desarrollo del turismo transfronterizo esta plagado de tensiones, tal como se observa claramente en la region transfronteriza de Inglaterra y Gales. En este articulo analizamos los retos estrategicos, administrativos y personales al desarrollar y fomentar enfoques integrados para el turismo rural en la region. Sostenemos que el concepto de turismo rural integrado podria ser util para las agencias que ya se ocupan de fomentar la coordinacion mediante negocios e innovacion. Sin embargo, los resultados indican que si bien el turismo rural integrado era bienvenido por los entrevistados como una ocasion para fomentar los metodos de colaboracion transfronteriza, los obstaculos planteados por las limitaciones administrativas existentes y la debil colaboracion intersectorial dificultan en gran medida el crecimiento de una vision estrategica. Turismo rural integrado Perspectiva relacional Iniciativas transfronterizas Frontera de Inglaterra y Gales Agencias institucionales

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 8 ()
    Pages: 1139-1155

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    Keywords: Integrated rural tourism; Relational perspective; Cross-border initiatives; English-Welsh border; Institutional agencies;

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