Dimitri Ioannides

Dimitri Ioannides
Mid Sweden University · European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR)

PhD, MA, BSc

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August 2008 - present
Mid Sweden University
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This comprehensive Handbook offers a broad assessment of tourism impacts research. With critical perspectives on social and environmental impacts of the sector it addresses the often-clashing value systems in tourism that underpin both scholarly and policy agendas. Chapters offer reflections on critical issues, including climate change, environmen...
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Overtourism has become a major issue of concern in many popular venues, including several cities like Barcelona. In this study, in order to better comprehend reactions towards overtourism, we analyze the perceptions of residents who regularly shop at Barcelona's La Boqueria towards the growing crowds of tourists who visit the same venue. The study...
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Creativity has become a popular strategy for promoting the innovations and ideas behind economic growth (Richards 2011; Ray 1998). The urban-centric rhetoric behind creativity is, however, problematic when theoretically and practically applied to peripheral spaces despite instances of emerging creativity in the countryside and small cities in perip...
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In its sustainable tourism agenda for 2030, the UN World Tourism Organization has embraced three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. One of these, specifically SDG 8, highlights the need to pursue decent work and growth. Nevertheless, despite the growing recognition of this target and although there is a growing number of writings lamenti...
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Monasteries nowadays attract numerous visitors whose trips reflect varying levels of religious motivation. They witness varying consumption patterns when it comes to visitors’ shopping behaviour on their premises. Thus, building on the model of the tourist-pilgrim continuum, the research utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods to compreh...
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Cross-border tourism cooperation is a fruitful form of engagement between borderland destinations, helping them boost their profile and minimise problems arising from operating near a border. European cross-border tourism cooperation is often supported by a European Union project funding arm known as INTERREG. Our study explores the perceptions and...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has halted mobility globally on an unprecedented scale, causing the neoliberal market mechanisms of global tourism to be severely disrupted. In turn, this situation is leading to the decline of certain mainstream business formats and, simultaneously, the emergence of others. Based on a review of recent crisis recovery processe...
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We propose entrepreneurial bricolage as a framework that enables the description, explanation and exploration of the modus operandi of tourism micro-firms. Particularly, the notion of spatial bricolage constitutes fertile ground for further research and theoretical advances of sustainable tourism entrepreneurship. The potential for rural tourism de...
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Following its achievement of Self-Rule status in 2009 Greenland embarked on a series of measures to diversify its economy with an eye towards eventually gaining full independence from Denmark. Tourism was underlined as a key sector for reaching this goal and, consequently, over the last few years there has been a concerted effort to develop the isl...
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This book is concerned with the various dimensions of overtourism, including the social and economic impacts of excessive tourism and the management and policy measures to address it. The 10 chapters present case studies contributing to the overtourism discussion from diverse perspectives and contexts including urban, coastal and rural destinations...
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Critical Perspectives of Tourism in Sri Lanka: Toward Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Growth in the Post-Conflict Era EDITORS: Dr. Joseph M. Cheer, Monash University, Australia Prof. Dimitri Ioannides, Mid-Sweden University, Sweden A/Prof. Dharma Arunachalam, Monash University, Australia Prof. Suranga Silva Dac, University of Colombo, Sri Lan...
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Cultural ecosystem services (CES) are important spatial elements providing humans with recreational, aesthetic, spiritual and other benefits. Yet, because of their immaterial, subjective, qualitative and unmeasurable nature, this means that scientists, decision-makers and general public often find their value difficult to grasp. We enrich the CES a...
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Policymakers in destinations regularly struggle to identify effective ways to evaluate the impacts of planned events. Especially problematic is the relative lack of knowledge about the social impacts that planned events incur. This challenge is largely attributable to the historic focus on economic impacts. However, this trend is shifting along wit...
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This article contributes to the conceptual and methodological strengthening of the study of tourism as a complex phenomenon using systems thinking. It is aimed at supporting decision-making for tourist destinations’ planning and management. Few authors provide a schematic model of how tourism works, and among them, even fewer expressly use a system...
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The current study uses primary qualitative data collected via 39 in-depth interviews with wine tourism stakeholders (Wine Road Actors) and national experts. The objective of this paper is to explore developmental dimensions of wine tourism in Greece through the theoretical prism of Resilience. In particular, this piece of work aims: a. to present t...
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The Airbnb phenomenon as part of the broader growth of the so-called collaborative economy has grabbed the attention of a growing number of tourism researchers. Among the topics explored have been investigations as to the spatial tendencies of Airbnb in cities and discussions concerning its effects, inter alia, on gentrification, over-touristificat...
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Geographers have certainly contributed actively to the extant scholarly literature relating to tourism work and workers. Nevertheless, with few notable exceptions, most of this research has been piecemeal and case-based demonstrating unawareness of broader theoretical discussions and debates within the emerging sub-field of labour geography. For th...
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Over the last decade, there has been noticeable rise in popularity of all-inclusive holidays. This growth has coincided with the propensity in many destinations to develop tourism enclaves, which can either be purpose-built gated resorts physically isolated from their surrounding community or appear in the form of cruises, which have emerged as a p...
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Revenue generated from tourism taxes constitutes an important financial resource for local governments and tourism authorities to both ensure tourism sustainability and enhance the quality of tourist experiences. In order for tourism policy makers to create an efficient and fair tax system in tourism destinations, it is crucial to understand travel...
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To shed light on the complexities of fostering sustainability through alternative tourism, we explore the managerial contradictions and difficulties that arise as alternative tourism is developed in the name of sustainability at Sólheimar eco-village in Iceland. Following a focused ethnographic approach, we establish that those behind the managemen...
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This chapter provides a comprehensive examination of the intertwined challenges that, on the one hand, pose a threat to the resilience of wine tourism, whilst on the other hand, prevent the sector’s further development. The study, conducted in the Greek context, is based on personal, in-depth interviews with 39 key stakeholders and national experts...
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This paper aims to identify distinctive obstacles to the establishment of tourism destination governance in both transnational and within-country borderlands. Analysis of the German-Czech borderlands, a region also incorporating within-country borders between three German federal states, indicates the multi-scalar and political contestations of cro...
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This chapter offers an experience-based report about the development of the first Scandinavian PhD program in tourism studies at Mid-Sweden University. This process is documented through a framework which, rather than having the coherence of a single clearly bounded discipline, focuses on tourism as a study area encompassing multiple disciplines. T...
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Urban tourism is an important research topic whether in mass tourism resort areas where tourism is the economic staple or in metropolitan areas where it is one (or more) development path(s) among many. Urban areas are dynamic and fast-paced environments but are also places where social and economic inequalities are most stark. Economic geography is...
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Tourism does not exist in isolation as an economic activity and is embedded in numerous highly complex internal and external networks. As such, understanding tourism's relations to places and regions is a challenging task. The introduction to this special issue defines the editors’ goals of proposing that an evolutionary economic geography (EEG) ap...
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In this chapter we argue that a new economic “geographies of tourism” has emerged over the last few years paralleling the various turns that have been witnessed in economic geography and related fields, including the cultural turn, the institutional turn, relational turn and, more recently, the evolutionary turn. Following a review of the most rece...
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Tourism represents an example of a complex socio-ecological system that possesses a high level of dependence on natural resources and is particularly vulnerable to disturbances, as well as to multiple threats. At present, the sector is dealing with increasing uncertainty and various types of crises that cause severe environmental, economic and soci...
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Socio-economic cohesion has been a foundational overarching objective of the European Union. The European Union’s recent enlargement, not to mention the worldwide economic downturn, persisting asymmetries of globalization and deindustrialization have deepened existing cleavages and accentuated persisting effects of unbalanced development. The mains...
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In this review, we argue that the study of tourism and hospitality labour geography must be readdressed since it has, with few exceptions, only superficially been treated within the overall economic geography of tourism. Specifically, this past research has largely evaded the rigorous political economy approach advocated by many commentators over t...
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The United States continues to provide opportunities for travel and tourism to domestic and international travellers. This is the first book to offer students a comprehensive overview of both tourism and travel in this region, paying specific attention to the disciplines of Geography, Tourism Studies and, more generally, Social Science.
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Tourism is a multi-faced activity and a geographically complex one since different services are sought supplied and consumed at various stages from the origin to the destination. Moreover, in any country or region there is likely to be a multitude of origins and destinations, with most places serving both generating (origin) and receiving (destinat...
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IntroductionSome Definitional Issues: The Tourist Industry — Fact or Fiction?Toward a More Critical Economic Geography of Tourism ProductionThe “;Cultural Turn“; in Economic Geography: Implications for Tourism GeographersConclusion
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Tourism's relationship to political boundaries has caught the attention of researchers only recently, even though on a more general level the academic study of borders attracts considerable interest. A topic that has been explored only superficially concerns the obstacles inhibiting tourism's development in a cross-border setting and, particularly,...
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Geographers have increasingly criticized the absence of theoretical rigour characterizing ­studies of the tourism production system. Tourism entrepreneurship is one related research area that has not received the level of attention it deserves. Additionally, the role that innovation plays in small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) has not been...
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Following the rhetoric of sustainability, many destinations have adopted policies aimed at attracting high spending visitors while limiting the further growth of mass package tourism. Drawing mainly from the experiences of small-island destinations, we question whether these policies are either environmentally or economically justifiable. Up-market...
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Research concerning the relationships between tourism and religion has focused on pilgrimages and other forms of religious-oriented travel as they apply mainly to Christianity and Islam, although some authors have explored the subject within the context of eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. By contrast, relatively little research has...
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Theorists argue that leisure and travel-related activities have become increasingly commodified, reflecting the broader evolution of a postmodern culture of consumption. This paper argues that these developments have produced a travel industry complex characterized by a polyglot of varying production processes, each placing a premium on flexible fo...
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Alternative tourism is increasingly regarded as a key to sustainable development. The rationale is that contrary to mass tourism with its commonplace negative effects on receiving areas, alternative tourism promotes a balanced growth form more in tune with local environmental and sociocultural concerns. Yet, academics are becoming increasingly skep...
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This paper stresses the importance of bridging the conceptual gap between tourism research and economic geography. It explains why the tourism production system has been unable to avoid its peripheral position in economic geography. The paper then focuses on the structure and organization of the principal agents comprising the tourism production sy...
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"Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Policy Development." Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, 1994. Includes abstract. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 316-335). Facsimile photocopy.
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Few applications of Butler's resort cycle have related the role of the state to the activities of foreign tourism operators and the indigenous context in determining the evolution of tourism at various destinations. This paper provides a holistic perspective of the blend of foreign with indigenous factors in shaping the Cypriot tourism industry. Wh...
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During the last decade of the 20th century, the European Union has been marked by major political changes. The enlargement of the Union, not only to the East, but also to the South, is a matter which has significant consequences for all the member states. The increasing mass of European legislation and the problems linked to its application, bring...

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https://www.regionalstudies.org/people/laura-james/ The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the tourism sector and constitutes a huge external shock to all European tourism regions. This project creates a network to collect data and analyse regional policy responses in 7 countries accross Europe, focusing on the role of place leadership in shaping recovery strategies.
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This interdisciplinary project investigates relations and correlations between art (including street art), creative commons and urban space in cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, focusing on spaces of past and/or present conflict. We study how creative initiatives on and around buildings and public spaces transform, interject and/or commemorate socio-political events on fragments or regions of these cities that have been or still are theaters of various types of spatial and other contestations. Fieldwork for this project to Beirut, Jerusalem and Nicosia (2019-20) was funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. The project team comprises of academics from four disciplines in two institutions (in alphabetical order): Dimitri Ioannides (Human Geography, Mid Sweden University), Panos Leventis (Architecture, Drury University), Todd Lowery (Visual Arts, Drury University), and Evangelia Petridou (Public Administration, Mid Sweden University).
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It aims to outline key aspects for improving accessibility amongst outdoor recreation companies and public organizations. The project assembles experiences from disabled persons and various experts on accessibility. Of special interest is to identify promising and cutting-edge practices among private and public stakeholders seeking to provide products and facilities for disabled tourists. One part of the project focuses on nature-based tourism in different environments, such as mountains, forest areas and archipelagoes in Sweden. Another part of the project focuses on the municipality of Östersund, Sweden, its planning processes and access to green areas, especially for elderly and people with disabilities.