|Title||Divided we stand: institutional collaboration in tourism planning and development in the Central Region of Ghana|
|Author(s)||Adu-Ampong, Emmanuel Akwasi|
|Source||Current Issues in Tourism 20 (2017)3. - ISSN 1368-3500 - p. 295 - 314.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||collaboration - coordination - Ghana - institutions - stakeholders - tourism planning|
This research is an exploratory study that examines collaboration at the institutional level in the tourism sector of the Central Region, Ghana. The research begins with a review of the key issues related to collaboration in tourism planning and development followed by an extensive exploration of three main issues related to institutional collaboration in tourism in the Central Region. The three main issues are the vision of tourism development shared among stakeholders, collaboration and coordination within the public sector and between the public and private sectors and the factors that constrain and facilitate collaboration and coordination. Using extensive interviews with key stakeholders and reviewing policy documents, the research indicates low levels of collaboration between tourism institutions both within the public sector and across the public–private sectors. This is notwithstanding a shared awareness of the benefits of collaboration among all actors. The research thus contributes interesting insights into the politics of collaboration in tourism destinations. Given tourism's contribution to the Ghanaian economy, it is imperative that efforts are made towards improving the levels of collaboration and coordination between tourism agencies and institutions.