Tourist destination development and social network analysis: What does degree centrality contribute?

  1. Ledesma González, Oswaldo 1
  2. Merinero‐Rodríguez, Rafael 2
  3. Pulido‐Fernández, Juan Ignacio 3
  1. 1 Department of Geography and History Universidad de La Laguna San Cristóbal de La Laguna Spain
  2. 2 Department of Sociology Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla Spain
  3. 3 Department of Economics Universidad de Jaén Jaén Spain
International Journal of Tourism Research

ISSN: 1099-2340

Year of publication: 2021

Type: Article

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DOI: 10.1002/jtr.2432 GOOGLE SCHOLAR


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  • Year 2019
  • Journal Impact Factor: 2.585
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: HOSPITALITY, LEISURE, SPORT & TOURISM Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 26/56 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • Area: Nature and Landscape Conservation Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 20/178
  • Area: Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 19/124
  • Area: Transportation Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 23/216


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Tourist destinations are relational systems that can be studied through social network analysis (SNA). The paper analyses the structural properties of the networks of actors of three tourist destinations, focusing on the degree centrality indicator for socio-centric networks and asymmetrical relationships to obtain the indegree (prestige) and outdegree (influence) of the various actors. The results strengthen the idea that there is a direct relationship between relational dynamics and the development of tourist destinations. It provides results that demonstrate how the relational structure changes as tourist destinations evolve, and how there is a direct relationship between the number of actors with high centrality and the development of tourist destinations. © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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