Butler’s resort cycle model applied to Acapulco
Butler’s model (see graphic below) describes the evolution of a tourist resort. His model, similar to a product life cycle model, is quite a good fit with the evolution of Acapulco, a traditional resort which evolved over several decades.
The model would not be expected to work as well with resorts such as Cancún and Huatulco, which were planned from the start and developed rapidly with the infusion of millions of dollars of federal funds.
In the case of planned resorts, the stages of exploration and involvement are unlikely to apply. The adapted model for such places might perhaps start at the development phase.
Reference for Butler’s Model:
Butler, R.W. 1980. The Concept of the tourist area cycle of evolution: Implications for management of resources. Canadian Geographer 24 (1): 5‑12.
- When did Acapulco first become a tourist resort?
- The growth of Cancún, Mexico leading tourist resort
- Villages near Huatulco, Oaxaca: a case study in the “Integrated Administration of Natural Resources”
- The development of Huatulco, the tourist resort in southern Oaxaca
- Plans for a tourism megaproject in Sinaloa, a Pacific Coast “Cancún”
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