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Introduction to Tourism by Carson L Jenkins, Leonard J Lickorish

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11 The role of government

Introduction

The role of government is an important and complex aspect of tourism, involving policies and political philosophies. State intervention in the trade is a relatively recent practice for central government. State participation increased as tourism became a mass phenomenon, reaching a peak shortly after the Second World War in 1939–45. A slow withdrawal began in the boom years of the 1980s with the shift to the market-oriented economy.

These trends are noted in this chapter, together with an examination of the principal aspects of state intervention:

1  Areas for state action.

2  Definitions of the role of the state.

3  Principal state functions.

4  Tasks of the destination authority.

5  Government tourism ...

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