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Author : Leo Jago & Margaret Deery
School/Work Place : Victoria University, Australia
Contact : Leo.Jago@vu.edu.au
Year : 2007

Innovation is fundamental to any industry in its quest to realising its potential. The tourism industry is no different in this pursuit of excellence and innovation but, unlike many other industries, it is largely comprised of small businesses that struggle to stay abreast of new innovations and adopt them. Many innovations, that are sought by the industry and developed accordingly, are not used for a range of reasons. The failure to adopt the new ideas then leads to reluctance to produce further innovations. Thus, it is argued, the main problem confronting the tourism industry is not so much the lack of innovation but rather the failure to adopt innovation. This paper examines the literature behind innovation adoption within the tourism industry, provides examples of innovation within the Australian tourism industry context and the difficulties faced by industry in the uptake of the innovative products. The paper concludes with recommendations to overcome these barriers for innovation uptake.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
16 Think Tank XI CRS 2.0: Management Perspectives of Sustainable Hospit... file 5777 Oct 14, 2013

In recent years, hotel companies have recognized the importance of engaging in responsible business practices as they relate to stakeholders including employees, guests, and the communities in which their properties are located. Accordingly...

Author: Stuart E. Levy & Sun-Young Park 

Year: 2011 

15 Think Tank X The Importance of Networks for Innovation in Sustainab... file 4089 Oct 13, 2013

This paper highlights the importance of new and established networks that underpin the innovation processes in sustainable tourism. It will draw on published literature as well as case studies to describe the various types of networks that ...

Author: Jack Carlsen, Janne J. Liburd & Deborah Edwards 

Year: 2010 

14 Think Tank X Innovation of and in Informal Actor Network file 4347 Oct 13, 2013

How the informal sectors create and share innovation in gaining competition is very important in tourism development. Commonly, informal sectors are embedded in their routines and lack of innovation capacities. Based on the case of pedicab ...

Author: Maya Damayanti 

Year: 2010 

13 Think Tank IX Valuing Open Innovation Environments in Tourism Educat... file 4544 Oct 13, 2013

The world has changed tremendously since the publication of Our Common Future by the World Commission for Environment and Development (1987), which elevated the concept of sustainable development from grassroots initiatives to the forefront...

Author: Janne Liburd & Anne-Mette Hjalager 

Year: 2009 

12 Think Tank VIII Enhancing the Quality of Life through Cultural Events:... file 2236 Oct 13, 2013

The Wadden Sea Festival in Denmark is based on the idea of integrating the coastal environment in the presentation of contemporary art. Specifically, unique tidal differences are utilized to stage a range of performances. The Wadden Sea Fest...

Author: Janne J. Liburd & Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2008 

11 Think Tank VII Web 2.0, Tourist Activated Networks and Sustainability... file 3069 Oct 13, 2013

With the emergence of Web 2.0, the Internet has begun to realize its potential in supporting the tourism experience. This presentation will first identify a number of applications within Web 2.0 that are visitor oriented - from Expedia and T...

Author: Daniel Fesenmaier 

Year: 2007 

10 Think Tank VII Tourist Perceptions of Environmentally Friendly Innova... file 15510 Oct 13, 2013

As the environmental movement got underway and environmental awareness came into focus in the late 20th century, the tourism industry began incorporating 'environmentally friendly' efforts into their business practices. Requests for towel r...

Author: Kathleen L. Andereck 

Year: 2007 

9 Think Tank VII Branding Sustainability: Taking 'The Natural Step' in ... file 3980 Oct 13, 2013

Translation of the concept of sustainability into practice is fraught with problems. While policy advances in all sectors of the economy have made steps in the right direction the lack of clarity in defining what is meant by 'sustainability...

Author: Alison Gill & Peter Williams 

Year: 2007 

8 Think Tank VII The Community of Communicators and the Communication o... file 6707 Oct 13, 2013

In spite of the trend towards business as a key element in society and tourism, governments still play an important role in the sustainable development debate. Like any social institution, governments and related organizations do not always ...

Author: Keith Henning 

Year: 2007 

7 Think Tank VII Rural Adventure Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship file 3467 Oct 13, 2013

The intent of this research is to provide a comparative analysis of several innovative social entrepreneurial businesses operating within the realm of rural adventure tourism. This qualitative, case-based research explores six companies, wh...

Author: Christina Heyniger & Kristin Lamoureaux 

Year: 2007 

» Think Tank VII The Uptake of Innovation in Tourism Organisations: Bar... file 2325 Oct 13, 2013

Innovation is fundamental to any industry in its quest to realising its potential. The tourism industry is no different in this pursuit of excellence and innovation but, unlike many other industries, it is largely comprised of small busines...

Author: Leo Jago & Margaret Deery 

Year: 2007 

5 Think Tank VII Barriers to Innovation in Hospitality Provision: Towar... file 3881 Oct 13, 2013

Recent challenges within the hospitality industry highlight a critical need for research and innovation to inform management practice. Surprisingly, however, a comprehensive review of literature has found that innovation research within the...

Author: Conrad Lashley & Barry O'Mahony 

Year: 2007 

4 Think Tank VII Learning as Prerequisite for Innovations in Tourism - ... file 8025 Oct 13, 2013

This article reports on an ongoing project that focuses on learning and innovation as prerequisites for sustainable tourism in a transnational environment defined by the European North Sea Region. According to Buhalis (2000: 113) providing i...

Author: Janne Liburd & Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2007 

3 Think Tank VII Innovations in Volunteer Tourism: A Case Study of Fund... file 2976 Oct 13, 2013

The popularity of volunteer tourism as a form of alternative tourism has grown significantly over the past decade (McGehee, and Norman, 2002). Volunteer tourists can now be found throughout the world participating in a wide array of social, ...

Author: Kevin Lyons 

Year: 2007 

2 Think Tank VII Getting Fit to Innovate: TUI's InnOlympics file 2986 Oct 13, 2013

Tether (2003) describes innovation within service industries as having a Cinderella status - marginal and neglected. The traditional approach to thinking about innovation has been to concentrate on manufacturing and within that, the role of...

Author: Graham Miller & Caroline Scarles 

Year: 2007 

1 Think Tank VII Social Responsibility and Innovation on Trafficking an... file 1901 Oct 13, 2013

Ethical questions related to globalization, human rights, unfair labor practices and trans-boundary exchanges of capital and work force create ever more complex challenges for the tourism sustainability agenda. In recent years, the tourism i...

Author: Camelia Tepelus 

Year: 2007 

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