Title

Community resilience to long-term tourism decline and rejuvenation: a literature review and conceptual model

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Bec, A, McLennan, C & Moyle, BD 2016, 'Community resilience to long-term tourism decline and rejuvenation: a literature review and conceptual model', Current Issues in Tourism, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 431-457.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2015.1083538

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Studied for decades in disciplines such as ecology, psychology, engineering and sociology ‘resilience’ can be defined as a system's ability to withstand and respond to change. The tourism literature has embraced the concept of community resilience by harnessing concepts of adaptive capacity and vulnerability. Many of these studies have focused on the tourism system's ability to respond to short-term disasters and hazards. With the growth of resilience studies in tourism, it is timely to take stock of the core premise of resilience as it is applied to tourism and to identify key gaps in current research. Consequently, this research aims to identify the core concepts of community resilience, with a focus on its application within tourism. The findings reveal that many studies have been conceptual, although there are an increasing number of empirical studies underpinned by resilience theory. Therefore, a conceptual model is presented to broaden existing resilience research and to guide future research into community resilience to tourism decline and rejuvenation.