International tourism development management based on destination attractiveness assessment

Vilija Malinauskaitė

Doctoral dissertation

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The dissertation investigates issues of international tourism, prioritizing destination‘s attractiveness assesment as the main object of the research. International tourism as an important sector of many economies lies as the main object of the research. Paper approaches trends and changes that international tourism sector is experiencing in the beginning of this century and that haven‘t been analyzed yet.

Primal purpose of this dissertation is to identify new public management models, based on destination attractiveness assesment, examining different cultures and their approaches to the same issues.

Dissertation focusses on existing public management models, destination awareness assesment issues, at the same time applying different mathematical methods for finding causal connections determining different number of tourists at the countries having similar touristical resouces.

Few main problems are being investigated – evaluation of destination‘s attractiveness assesment and it‘s influence for the economical results of tourism as an important economical sector as well as influence of the new trends in the global tourism sector for the destination image evaluation. The dissertation consist of introduction, 3 chapters, conclusions, references, list of publications on the dissertation issues and annexes.

Introduction reveals investigated problem, importance of the thesis and object of research. It also describes the purpose and task of the paper, research methodology, scientific novelty, the practical significance, and defended statements. Introductions ends presenting author‘s publications on the subject of the defended dissertation and defining it‘s structure.

Chapter one analyse international tourism as an important sector of the economy defining development priorities as well as deep analysis of the existing economical and managemental theories, including those that are implemented or might be implemented in studying international tourism development issues.

Chapter two assigned for justification of the need for new region assesment model based on cultural differences, presentation of the model itself and definition of the future empirical research for it‘s approbation.

In a chapter three the author empirically proves the need of offered model, it‘s suitability for solving the problems caused by resent changes in interational tourism and it‘s adequacy for aim of the research – to develop a tourism management model based on the assesment of region attractiveness. The model is tested on Lithuania‘s example. Thesis is finnished with model usage recomendations and conclusions.

The main reseach results were presented in 4 arcticles, 3 presentations at international conferences and one chapter at the collective study.

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