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Hollow from the start? Professional associations and the professionalisation of tourism in the UK

Thomas, Rhodri and Thomas, Alun Huw 2013. Hollow from the start? Professional associations and the professionalisation of tourism in the UK. Service Industries Journal 33 10.1080/02642069.2013.763346

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Abstract

Occupations as diverse as nursing, journalism and marketing have strengthened their claim to professional status and current research suggests that professional associations played a critical part in the process of professionalisation. Following a review of three conceptual approaches to understanding contemporary professionalisation strategies, this paper examines the case of British tourism. It traces the historical development and assesses the current practice of the two main professional associations in the sector. The analysis shows that the ‘professionalisation project’ has largely failed and argues that contemporary frameworks for understanding professionalisation strategies are somewhat deficient when applied to tourism

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Additional Information: Online publication date: 24 January 2013.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0264-2069
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40953

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