Title: Tourism businesses, local state and habits of interaction: an institutional approach

Authors: Bruno Martins Augusto Gomes; Huáscar Fialho Pessali

Addresses: Department of Tourism, Federal University of Paraná, Campus Rebouças, Sete de Setembro Avenue, 2645, 3rd floor, 80.230-010, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil ' Department of Economics, Federal University of Paraná, Campus Jardim Botânico, Prefeito Lothário Meissner Avenue 632, Jardim Botânico, 80210-170, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

Abstract: Tourism studies can benefit from inquiring into how interactions between businesspeople and governments work. The interdisciplinary approach of institutional economics provides a basis for investigating shared patterns of thought and action instituted in each class of agents and between them. This approach is here applied to Curitiba, a southern Brazilian state capital city that has become successful in attracting tourists since the late 1970s. Using semi-structured questionnaires, we interviewed 26 representatives from both the private and public sectors in Curitiba along 2013 and 2014. Partisanship, poor communication, and differing priorities were found to account for relevant coordination and planning problems, in a background of severe government budgetary constraints.

Keywords: tourism; public policy; institutional economics; institutional analysis; grounded theory; interaction; habits; businesses; Curitiba; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTP.2020.10033001

International Journal of Tourism Policy, 2020 Vol.10 No.2, pp.163 - 183

Received: 20 Sep 2019
Accepted: 23 May 2020

Published online: 19 Oct 2020 *

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