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Professional Development Needs in Croatia's Marine Tourism Industry: Harbormasters Identify the Management Skills that Require Improvement

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While skills and knowledge of harbormasters are critical drivers of sustainable development and management of marine tourism, very little scholarly research has been done to assess the professional development needs of harbormasters. This study addresses this gap by empirically investigating the perceived importance of the professional needs of harbormasters in the Croatian marine tourism industry. Specifically, the goals of this research are to determine what marine tourism management skills need improvement, what skills can be improved through training, and which training courses might fulfill managerial expectations. A two-page self-completed questionnaire written in Croatian was adapted from previous research and administered to a population of Croatian harbormasters. Professional development needs among Croatian harbormasters are identified to provide guidance for future harbormaster development planning. Implications and limitations are presented in the subsequent sections of the study.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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  • Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
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