53rd Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Regional Integration: Europe, the Mediterranean and the World Economy", 27-31 August 2013, Palermo, Italy
Empirical evidence regarding Local Agenda 21 (LA21) seems to indicate that higher LA21 dissemination is linked to networking. However, it is not entirely clear which features networks should have to succeed. This research takes a step towards filling this gap by studying the variables that are able to create favourable attitude towards participative sustainability?led medium?term planning tools by tourism destination local authorities in a networking context. Our research context is an archipelago, which constitutes an Autonomous Community (region) in Spain, the Balearic Islands (The Balearics). Overall, favourable attitude is associated with a mix of variables reflecting the management approach of the promoters, the internal characteristics of the municipalities and the benefits emerging from networking. From a more disaggregated view, more cognitive?related variables (such as, prior expertise, instrumental benefits and learning) seem to be more important than more affective?related variables (such as entertainment, trust, identification, and relations with network promoters) to explain attitudes towards LA21. Our findings also confirm the difficulties to achieve local society participation.
Local Agenda 21 Sustainability Strategic planning Networking Benefits Tourism destinations