Strengthening the Ties Between Tourism and Economic Geography: A Theoretical Agenda*


  • Dimitri Ioannides

    1. DIMITRI IOANNIDES (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65804. His research interests include the tourist industry, environmental conservation, and regional and transportation planning.
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    The author would like to thank the anonymous referees for their insightful comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.


This paper stresses the importance of bridging the conceptual gap between tourism research and economic geography. It explains why the tourism production system has been unable to avoid its peripheral position in economic geography. The paper then focuses on the structure and organization of the principal agents comprising the tourism production system and identifies the state's pivotal role as coordinator of these agents. Lastly, it highlights two under-researched issues relating to entreprcneurship and labor pools and makes recommendations for further research.