1st Edition

Contemporary Tourist Experience Concepts and Consequences

Edited By Richard Sharpley, Philip Stone Copyright 2012
    328 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This significant and timely volume aims to provide a focused analysis into tourist experiences that reflect their ever-increasing diversity and complexity, and their significance and meaning to tourists themselves. Written by leading international scholars, it offers new insight into emergent behaviours, motivations and sought meanings on the part of tourists based on five contemporary themes determined by current research activity in tourism experience:conceptualization of tourist experience; dark tourism experiences; the relationship between motivation and the contemporary tourist experience; the manner in which tourist experience can be influenced and enhanced by place; and how managers and suppliers can make a significant contribution to the tourist experience.

    The book critically explores these experiences from multidisciplinary perspectives and includes case studies from wide range of geographical regions. By analyzing these contemporary tourist experiences, the book will provide further understanding of the consumption of tourism.

    Introduction: Experiencing Tourism, Experiencing Happiness?  Section 1: Conceptualising Tourism Experiences  1. Personal Experience Tourism: A Postmodern Understanding  2. The Habit of Tourism: Experiences and Their Ontological Meaning  3. Experiences of Valuistic Journeys: Motivation and Behaviour  Section 2: Understanding Dark Tourism Experiences  4. Re-Conceptualizing Dark Tourism  5. Dark Tourism as ‘Mortality Capital’: The Case of Ground Zero and the Significant Other Dead  6. Towards an Understanding ‘Genocide Tourism’: An Analysis of Visitors' Accounts of Their Experience of Recent Genocide Sites  Section 3: Motivation and the Contemporary Tourist Experience  7. Being Away or Being There? British Tourists’ Motivations Holidaying in Alanya, Turkey  8. Identity in Tourist Motivation and the Dynamics of Meaning  9. Bitten by the Twilight saga: From Pop Culture Consumer to Pop Culture Tourist  Section 4: Place and the Tourist Experience  10. Volunteer Tourists' Experiences and Sense of Place: New Orleans  11. Family Place Experience and the Making of Places in Holiday Home Destinations: A Danish Case Study  12. Museums as Playful Venues in the Leisure Society Section 5: Managing Tourist Experiences  13. ‘We’ve seen it in the Movies, Let’s See if it’s True’: Motivation, Authenticity and Displacement in the Film-Induced Tourism Experience  14. Tourism Harassment Experiences in Jamaica  15. A Critical Evaluation of the UK ‘Grey’ Market’s Experience of the Overseas Package Holiday


    Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism and Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

    Philip Stone is a former management consultant within the tourism and hospitality sector, and is presently employed as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Central Lancashire Preston, UK.

    "Chapters are coherent in terms of writing style, depth of analysis, and the presentation of studies. Furthermore, the book includes diverse methodological approaches to the study of tourist experiences that range from more traditional positivist research methods, such as questionnaires (Chapter 3, 9), to in-depth qualitative interviews (Chapters 8, 11, 15), and less conventional methods, such as analyzing tourists' travel blogs (Chapter 6, 13), ethnographic methods (Chapter 5, 10), and a mixed method approach (Chapter 7, 14). Thus, overall, it is an interesting and useful book to tourism scholars, graduate students, and industry professionals." – Ilze Dziedataja, Manchester Metropolitan University, published in Tourism Analysis