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Local service industry and tourism development through the global trade and infrastructure project of the New Silk Road – the example of Georgia

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Pechlaner, Harald ; Thees, Hannes ; Manske-Wang, Wei ; Scuttari, Anna:
Local service industry and tourism development through the global trade and infrastructure project of the New Silk Road – the example of Georgia.
In: The service industries journal. 9 (2019) 3. - S. 1-27.
ISSN 0264-2069 ; 1743-9507

Kurzfassung/Abstract

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the Republic of China is a global infrastructure project with high trade ambitions, but uncertain regional outcomes. This exploratory analysis investigates the drivers and the processes enabling positive regional effects of the BRI in terms of local service industry development. Under the interpretation of the BRI as a global transport system, we identify and explore three levels of analysis: the global scale of the BRI, the regional scale of its corridors and the local scale of transit regions. Along the Trans-Caspian corridor, Georgia is analyzed as a unique example of transit region aiming deliberately to develop its tertiary sector around the BRI infrastructure. To assess the attitude of stakeholders towards the BRI and its impacts on local service development, a qualitative research strategy is applied. Nineteen semi-structured interviews are processed using the GABEK method. Results reveal uncertain positions towards the BRI initiative. However, a need for a national strategy and a transnational governance system clearly stands out to enforce transit countries and counterbalance the dependency on China’s foreign investments. The intervention of national governments is deemed as crucial also to facilitate knowledge transfer, business opportunities and to increase bottom-up participation of local inhabitants.

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Publikationsform:Artikel
Schlagwörter:BRI, infrastructure development, tourism services, New Silk Road, Georgia
Institutionen der Universität:Mathematisch-Geographische Fakultät > Geographie > Lehrstuhl Tourismus mit Zentrum für Entrepreneurship
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät > Betriebswirtschaftslehre > Lehrstuhl Tourismus mit Zentrum für Entrepreneurship
DOI / URN / ID:10.1080/02642069.2019.1623204
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
Peer-Review-Journal:Ja
Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am:22. Okt 2019 15:47
Letzte Änderung:05. Mär 2020 10:13
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/23423/