Hungry for growth? Small and medium-sized tourism enterprise (SMTE) business ambitions, knowledge acquisition and industry engagement

Brian Edward Melville King, John Breen, Paul A. Whitelaw

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Differences are identified between the preferred information and learning channels of small and medium-sized tourism enterprise (SMTE) proprietors, who have an interest in business operations (growers) or who have relatively less interest (lifestylers). Lifestylers sign up frequently to tourism industry associations, whereas growers have a tendency to join generic business groupings. The most common information for both groups is marketing related, and intensive use is made of online information to support day-to-day business operations. In aggregate, SMTE proprietors are avid information seekers, attaching importance to the advice provided from experienced and trusted sources. Growers proactively gather information about general management as well as tourism-specific knowledge. Adopting a 'one size fits all' approach to providing information for the SMTE sector is unlikely to be effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Information behaviour
  • Knowledge management
  • Small business
  • SMTEs
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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