tourism has been widely used as a tool for economic
development in peripheral regions for many decades,
it has been suggested that the actual practice of
tourism development is not usually informed by the
planning approaches proposed by academics. One of
the reasons put forward for this gap between proposed
planing systems and actual planning practice is that
there has been a lack of inductive research into actual
practice. The broad aim of the research reported in
this paper was to use inductive approaches to better
understand actual tourism development practices in
peripheral regions. The research involved reviewing
a sample of case studies of tourism development in
peripheral regions and using the results of this review
to build a conceptual scheme of the major factors
and processes that occur in tourism development practice.
The analysis of the 40 case studies revealed ten major
themes. These themes were used to develop a preliminary
conceptual scheme of peripheral region tourism development.
This conceptual scheme was then used to offer suggested
future directions for research into, and management
of, peripheral region tourism development.