Spatial dimensions of the Orlando destination region

Shaul Krakover, Youcheng Wang

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This article aims to empirically examine the concept of a destination region using a case study approach. Two conflicting hypotheses are considered for the spatial structure of tourism in Orlando's destination region: the bubble pattern vis-a-vis a dispersed pattern. Locational concentration and the industrial mix of Orlando's tourist-related firms are examined by analyzing data revealing their location and business specialization. Findings reveal the concentration of the accommodation and dining firms near the theme parks area in a bubble-like pattern. Conversely, smaller scale attractions, convention services, and visitor and professional services tend to locate in high proportions outside of the core area. Implications are discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-258
Number of pages14
JournalTourism Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Agglomeration
  • Bubble
  • Convention and visitor bureau
  • Destination region
  • Industrial mix


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