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Issues of Globalization and Reflexivity in the Japanese Tourism Production System: The Case of Whistler, British Columbia

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This article examines contemporary Japanese overseas tourism from a supplier-side perspective using the concept of production systems. We first outline characteristics of the evolving structure of Japanese overseas tourism, with an emphasis on the global spread of Japanese travel companies. This provides a frame for presenting an empirical account of the transactional relationships in the Japanese package tour production system in Whistler, British Columbia, where Japanese tour operators play a pivotal role. We conclude that the recent expansion of Japanese travel companies is fostering the functional integration of the global tourism production system and exhibits increasing reflexivity.

Keywords: Japanese tourism; Whistler; globalization; production systems; reflexivity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Minnesota, 2: Simon Fraser University

Publication date: February 1, 2002


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