Tourism Planning and Tourism Development in the Italian Inner Areas: Assessing Coherence in Policy-Making Strategies

Daniele Mantegazzi, Maria Giulia Pezzi*, Gabriella Punziano

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    This contribution explores the outcomes of tourism-related policy-making processes within the framework of the Italian National Strategy for Inner Areas (SNAI), a development strategy launched by the Italian Government in 2012. The strategy aims at improving the living conditions in those territories located far from urban hubs, which have been suffering from progressive social and economic marginalisation. Exploiting the synergies emerging from the combination of anthropological perspectives and socio-statistical techniques, this study performs a content analysis on the planning documents produced by SNAI’s 22 pilot areas, relating to the never-ending debate between spatially blind and place-based development policies. The main objective is to investigate whether and how the planned tourism strategies in these areas are coherent with the policy framework and the guidelines proposed by SNAI. The results highlight different degrees of coherence, identifying how some tourism strategies reflect imprecise knowledge of the territory and the needs of those living there.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRegional Science Perspectives on Tourism and Hospitality
    EditorsMauro Ferrante, Oliver Fritz, Özge Öner
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-61274-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-61273-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Publication series

    Name Advances in Spatial Science


    • Place-based development
    • Tourism innovation
    • Narrative policy analysis
    • Content analysis
    • Italian national strategy for inner areas

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