Peter Myles is one of South Africa’s leading tourism professionals. Before establishing his own business in 1995, Peter served as Director of Tourism Port Elizabeth (tourism marketing) and then as Regional Director of the South African Tourism Board in the Eastern Cape (tourism development). In 1995 he developed the Peter Myles cc network of associated specialists in Southern Africa and other parts of the world to focus on major tourism development projects. From the first day he entered the tourism industry, Peter has never looked back. He has written articles for tourism journals, prepared strategic tourism plans, designed appropriate organisational structures, facilitated tourism enterprise development, conducted tourism research in South Africa, Zambia, USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Caribbean, compiled visitor statistics, presented capacity building training courses, facilitated tourism workshops and prepared project proposals.

He has served on a number of statutory boards and professional associations. These include: Tourism Business Council of South Africa, Eastern Cape Gambling & Betting Board, Eastern Cape Tourism Board, and Eastern Cape Bioregional Implementation Committee.

He was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Netherlands based Stenden University SA located in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape Province. In 1992 he received the Communicator of the Year Award from the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa, the SA Tourism Award in 1990 for uplifting tourism in the Eastern Cape Province, and the Tourism Liaison Council Award in 1989 for the marketing of Port Elizabeth as a tourist destination. In 2003 he was honoured by the former Premier of the Eastern Cape and the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, and was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution to the development of the first Eastern Cape Tourism Master Plan.

Peter is an Associate of the IUCN Tourism & Protected Areas Specialist Group, a Member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He is registered with IUCN to undertake desktop reviews of World Heritage Site (WHS) nominations.

Maritime Clusters and the Ocean Economy:

An Integrated Approach to Managing Coastal and Marine Space

By Peter B. Myles

Over the last decade the concept of clustering has become a central idea for analyzing the competitiveness of nations, industries and firms. This book shows how the cluster concept can be usefully applied to the study of maritime activities.

Such activities, including shipping, shipbuilding and port and maritime services, are clearly geographically concentrated in a number of maritime clusters. However, as the author shows, these are having to compete with other uses of the coasts and oceans including capture fisheries, marine aquaculture, offshore energy and tourism. Sound governance and planning is therefore required to manage the competing claims for ocean space. The book shows how competing industries and other stakeholders can cooperate and benefit from an integrated approach to the development of maritime clusters.

The contribution of approaches such as integrated coastal zone management and innovations such as ocean business councils, as well as coordinated networks of maritime clusters are reviewed. Case studies are included from around the world, including detailed examples of the development of the Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster in South Africa and from Poland in the Baltic Sea.

Table of Contents

1. Collaborative Economic Development

2. The Growing Multi-Use Ocean

3. Management Strategies within a MSP Framework

4. Managing Conflicts of Interest

5. Marine and Coastal Aquaculture

6. Marine Renewable Energy in the Context of Sustainable Oceans

7. Integrated Coastal Zone Management

8. Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

9. Ocean Governance and the Blue Economy

10. The Ocean Business Community

11. Organized Ocean Business

12. Tourism in Coastal Areas

13. Maritime Clusters Cooperating to Compete

14. Constructing a Local Maritime Cluster

15. Maritime Cluster Networks

16. Clusters and Stewardship

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