This book provides a varied collection of recent research relating to small businesses in tourism. In doing so it reflects the eclecticism of interest and method associated with this under-researched and under-theorised area of investigation. Topics range from the potential contribution of small firms to achieving social or economic goals to understanding more about business performance and growth. As is common in tourism research, disciplinary boundaries are routinely transgressed in the interests of gaining greater illumination. Insights from a variety of countries are offered, sometimes as a result of trans-national collaboration initiated specifically for this book.

chapter 1|12 pages

International Perspectives on Small Firms in Tourism: A Synthesis

ByRhodri Thomas

chapter 2|22 pages

Tourism, Small Firm Development and Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa

BySouth Africa Christian M. Rogerson

chapter 3|18 pages

Factors Affecting Small Firms in Tourism: A Ghanaian Perspective

ByWilliam C. Gartner

chapter 4|18 pages

Government Assistance for Tourism SMEs: From Theory to Practice

ByStephen Wanhill

chapter 9|14 pages

The Interaction of Community and Small Tourism Businesses in Rural New Zealand

ByNew Zealand Donna Keen

chapter 17|20 pages

Coping with Resource Scarcity: The Experience of UK Tourism SMEs

ByMarcjanna M. Augustyn

chapter 18|20 pages

Strategic and Structural Variables in Internationalisation: The Case of Swiss Tourism SMEs

ByAndrew Mungall, Colin Johnson