Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a relevant backdrop for the Worldwide Hospitality snd Tourism Themes (WHATT) theme issue on tourism challenges and solution in the Niagara region, and to present the key points discussed during the 2007 WHATT roundtable discussion in the Niagara region, Canada. Design/methodology/approach – The approach of this paper is more a narrative one. It also draws data from a series of web sites to analyse the past and present performance of tourism. Findings – This paper provides a historic perspective of the Niagara region and presented in the context of tourism in the world, Americas, Canada, and Ontario. Then it travels back to explain the origins of WHATT and its scholarly journey over the years. In capturing the essence of the 2007 WHATT roundtable discussion in Niagara, the paper provides a strong foundation for the other nine articles, which follow in this WHATT theme issue. Originality/value – In a world of theories, this paper provides fresh perspectives on many relevant ideas by using original expert views. Readers who are interested in the Niagara region would benefit from this paper.
International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 18, 2008
Keywords: Tourism; Hospitality management; Economic trends; Canada