Emerging Importance of Institutional Capacity for the Growth of Tourism Clusters: The Case of Antalya

Erkus-Ozturk H.

EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol.19, no.10, pp.1735-1753, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09654313.2011.614384
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1735-1753
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Local development literature, recently, emphasizes the crucial role of institutions, institutional thickness and institutional capacity in addition to other classical factors of development in the competitiveness of regions. This paper attempts to analyze the role of tourism institutions and institutional capacity in the growth performance of tourism clusters. It uses not only the primary data gathered through structured interviews, but also the secondary data. This paper differs from previous research not only by discussing institutional capacity specifically for tourism literature but also by employing a quantitative method of analysis for explaining the factors influential on the growth of clusters. The findings reveal a very significant positive relation between the increase in institutional capacity and the growth of tourism clusters in Antalya.