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Bailey Ashton Adie, Alberto Amore & C. Michael Hall (2022) Just Because It Seems Impossible, Doesn’t Mean We Shouldn’t At Least Try: The Need for Longitudinal Perspectives on Tourism Partnerships and the SDGs, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 30:10, 2282-2297, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1860071

Just because it seems impossible, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least try : the need for longitudinal perspectives on tourism partnerships and the SDGs

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Author: Adie, Bailey Ashton1; Amore, Alberto1; Hall, C. Michael2,3,4,5
Organizations: 1Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, Solent University, Southampton, UK
2Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
3Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
5Department of Service Management, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2023-02-14


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 highlights the importance that the partnership narrative plays in the implementation of SDGs. However, given the brevity of many development projects, these partnerships are often developed and concluded rapidly, with little attention given to longer-term implications or success. This paper argues that in order to create and develop partnerships that properly address the SDGs, it is imperative that a process perspective is developed that takes into account the range of stakeholders and interests, values, and the power relations between actors prior to and during the project together with a comprehensive understanding of what is success. This requires a full awareness of the project’s context and previous interventions, activities, and policies. In order to illustrate the necessity of longitudinal partnerships and perspectives, a case study, a community-based development project in New Delhi, India, is used. The goal of the project has been to ensure that the community is actively involved in the entire process, eventually becoming owners of the interventions so that, when the project and partnership eventually ends, the community continues to benefit. Examples from the project are used to emphasize the importance of long-term planning and partnership driven by context-specificity, implementation processes and policy-awareness.

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Series: Journal of sustainable tourism
ISSN: 0966-9582
ISSN-E: 1747-7646
ISSN-L: 0966-9582
Volume: 30
Issue: 10
Pages: 2282 - 2297
DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1860071
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sustainable Tourism on 17 Dec 2020, available online: