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Author : Alison M. Gill & Peter W. Williams
School/Work Place : Simon Fraser University, Canada
Contact : agill@sfu.ca
Year : 2012

In the arena of resort development, there is a long history of destinations emulating (and seeking to surpass) one another in efforts to maintain competitiveness. In recent years, the use of “best case” examples are common tools employed to showcase successful practices. In this paper we employ the lens of the recent “mobilities turn” in the social sciences (e.g. Sheller and Urry, 2004; Hannam, Sheller and Urry, 2006) to examine the notion of policy transfer (Stone, 1999). More specifically we consider aspects of policy mobility relating to sustainability in the context of resort destinations. As a case study, we examine how the innovative sustainability practices developed in Whistler, British Columbia (BC), Canada are being mobilized for adoption in other resort communities. The case of Osoyoos, BC, a small, newly designated resort municipality in the wine –growing region of southern BC serves as an example of how this model is being applied and adapted.


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» Think Tank XII Sustainability and policy mobility in resort destinations file 1919 Nov 06, 2013

In the arena of resort development, there is a long history of destinations emulating (and seeking to surpass) one another in efforts to maintain competitiveness. In recent years, the use of “best case” examples are common tools employed to ...

Author: Alison M. Gill & Peter W. Williams 

Year: 2012 

1 Think Tank XII Destination Governance and Tourist Mobilities: New Par... file 4632 Nov 06, 2013

Resort communities are complex systems where destination governance has become increasingly challenged by new mobilities of capital, finance, labor, communication, transportation, leisure and tourism. Popular destinations like the coastal co...

Author: Dianne Dredge & Tazim Jamal 

Year: 2012 

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