In Search of Competitive Advantage in Caribbean Tourism Websites
Geography and Geology
The intense competitiveness of the global tourism industry increasingly demands the most effective possible marketing for individual destinations. The strategic management literature suggests that competitive advantage can be gained through capitalizing on a destination's unique attributes. In marketing terms, this translates as “competitive positioning.” To what extent do the individual destinations of the Caribbean seek to competitively position themselves as unique attractions among their many competitors? This paper returns to the concept of the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) as a practical and straightforward framework for analyzing distinctiveness in tourism marketing. An exploratory analysis of web-based marketing in the Caribbean suggests widespread failure of destinations to market themselves in terms of unique competitive positioning. The analysis also reveals several exemplary models of the USP concept in tourism marketing, suggesting opportunities for greater regional cooperation through stronger individual destination identities.
Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing
Miller, M. M.,
Henthorne, T. L.
(2007). In Search of Competitive Advantage in Caribbean Tourism Websites. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 21(2-3), 49-62.
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