Is it Too Difficult to Have Symbolic Knowledge in Tourism Sector for Regional Development? Some Firm Level Empirical Results from Antalya Region
This paper explores the evolution of symbolic knowledge in Antalya region. In Antalya the massive shift in incoming tourists from European toward CEEC and Russia enforced the firms to take necessary precaution in order adapt to the knowledge needs of which mostly consisted of symbolic knowledge. The responses include vertical and horizontal integrations among the firms and unprecedented labour mobility which have supported adaptation of different business models and strategies, services and on-site-services like language, cuisine, inferior design, entertainment activities. These combinatorial knowledge needs are correlated with the profile of new markets namely, cream de cream, ultra rich class, mass tourism, cultural tourism.
Keywords: Symbolic Knowledge, Knowledge Dynamics, Tourism, Antalya
DULUPÇU, M.A., DEMİREL, O. and O. SUNGUR (2010), "Is it Too Difficult to Have Symbolic Knowledge in Tourism Sector for Regional Development: Some Firm Level Empirical Results from Antalya Region", Regional Studies Association Annual International Conference "Regional Responses to Global Shifts", Regional Studies Association, 24-26 May, Pecs, Macaristan.
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