Contemporary Issues in Events, Festivals and Destination Management


Festivals, Events, Destination management, Destination planning


Purpose This article aims to provide a critical review of the articles included in this special issue and highlight their findings and contribution to events, festivals and destination management research. Design/methodology/approach The article critically reviews methodologies, findings, themes and conclusions offered by each article included in this special issue. Findings The articles in the special issue identify the latest thematic trends in events, festivals and destination management research and propose conceptual frameworks for event and festival life cycle trajectories. They build on previous research confirming how accessible tourism and a balanced event portfolio can increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the destination. Based on sound methodologies, they offer specific theoretical and practical implication for the successful planning, marketing and management of events, festivals and destinations. They provide suggestions on how event innovation, participatory sport events, mega sport events, food and wine festivals and meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) can assist in the marketing and branding of the tourism destination. Research limitations/implications The articles in this special issue lay the foundation for future research in events, festivals and destination management. Articles in this special issue apply various research methods and analysis, indicating the growth of event and festival research. Research methods and analysis techniques used in the special issue include content/theme analysis, case studies, qualitative studies and questionnaires. The research articles and methodologies used in this issue should help both researchers and industry practitioners. Originality/value This study highlights key findings, theoretical and practical implications and contributions of the articles included in this special issue. It provides a holistic view of events, festivals and destination management research and suggests areas for future research.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management






Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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