Envisioning sustainable tourism futures: an evaluation of the futures wheel method

Benckendorff, Pierre (2008) Envisioning sustainable tourism futures: an evaluation of the futures wheel method. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 8 (1). pp. 25-36.

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Abstract

Methods for researching the future have grown both in variety and rigour, offering new opportunities for understanding sustainable tourism. This paper discusses the value of futures research as a tool for envisioning and planning sustainable tourism futures but observes that there is greater potential for the use of futures methods in tourism. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the usefulness of a particular method known as the futures wheel as a sustainable planning tool for tourism decision makers and researchers. The futures wheel method is combined with a grounded theory approach to capture and distil the tacit knowledge of three ‘expert’ think tanks. The evaluation suggests that the futures wheel is a useful tool for researching sustainable tourism futures but that its potential may be enhanced if it can be combined with other futures research methods.

Item ID: 8551
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: tourism; futures studies; methods; futures wheel; forecasting; scenario planning
ISSN: 1742-9692
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 22:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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