Food Clusters and Creative Tourism Development: A Conceptual Framework

Anne H.J Lee, Geoffrey Wall, Jason Kovacs, Sook Young Kang

Abstract


This paper examines food clusters as contributors to tourism development from a creative economy perspective. A conceptual framework is proposed that emphasizes four interdependent determinants and four facilitators that underpin the formation and operation of creative food clusters. The conceptual framework and its
application to the Stratford case study site highlights the resources required as well as the place branding processes needed for food cluster development. Emphasis is given to the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors as well as strong leadership in facilitating stakeholder collaboration and communication. The introduced conceptual framework is intended to act as a guide for those interested in pursuing a culinary tourism-focused creative economy strategy.

Keywords: food clusters; creative economy; stakeholder collaboration; place
branding; tourism development

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