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Public administration of tourism

There are significant variations in the structure of public administration of tourism, which largely depend on the size of the tourist industry and the importance the government attaches to the various reasons advanced for public sector involvement in tourism.

A common hierarchical structure characterised by a governing assembly, minister for tourism and national tourist office. This top structure is then followed by several self-contained regional tourism under which local authorities and destinations are found.

According to the book Tourism – Principles and practice (p. 509) some of the most common arguments put forward for government participation in tourism include:

• Foreign exchange earnings and their importance for the balance of payments
• Employment creation and the need to provide education and training
• The fact that tourism is a large and fragmented industry which requires careful coordination of development and marketing
• The need to maximise the net benefits and cost equitably
• Building the image of the country as a tourist destination
• Market regulation to protect consumers and prevent unfair competition
• Provision of public goods and infrastructure as part of the tourist product
• The need to regulate aspects of social behaviour, for example gambling
• The need to monitor the level of tourism activity through statistical surveys

Get an insight into some of the public tourism administration in:

National Web Portal of Bangladesh
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism
National Tourism Organisation, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation

Government of India
Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development
Bihar State Tourism Development
Andaman Nicobar Tourism
Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC)
Tourism department, West Bengal
Tourism department, Rajasthan
Goa Tourism Development Corporation
Tourism department, Meghalaya

Government Nepal
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
Nepal Tourism Board

National Portal of Bhutan
Tourism Council of Bhutan
Bhutan Tourism Corporation

This article is written by Majbritt Thomsen, administrator on ‘Views On Tourism’.

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