While experiential staging is well documented in tourism studies, not enough has been written about the diverse types of experiences and expectations that visitors bring to the tourist space and how communities respond to, or indeed challenge, these expectations. This book brings together new ideas about cultural experiences and how communities, creative producers, and visitors can productively engage with competing interests and notions of experience and authenticity in the tourist environment.
Part I considers the experiences of communities in meeting the needs of cultural tourists in an international context. Part II analyses the relationships between individualcultural tourists, the community, and digital technology. Finally, Part III responds to new methodologies in relation to interactions between government and regional policy and community development.
Focusing on the way in which communities and visitors ‘perform’ new forms of cultural tourism, Performing Cultural Tourism is aimed at undergraduate students, researchers, academics, and a diverse range of professionals at both private and government levels that are seeking to develop policies and business plans that recognize and respond to new interests in contemporary tourism.
List of contributors
Introduction: Methodologies of touristic exchange: an introduction. Susan Carson
Section 1: Cooperation, exchange, negotiation: the shared needs of Indigenous communities and cultural tourists
Temporary Belonging: Indigenous cultural tourism and community art centres. Sally Butler
Saving Sagada. Patricia Maria Santiago
Native American communities and community development: the case of Navajo Nation. Christine N. Buzinde, Vanessa Vandever and Gyan Nyaupane
Section 2: The cultural tourist, social media and self-exploration
Investigating the role of virtual peer support in Asian youth tourism. Hilary du Cros
Doing literary tourism: an autoethnographic approach. Tim Middleton
Creative cultural tourism development: a tourist perspective. Yang Zhang and Philip Feifan Xie
#travelselfie: a netnographic study of travel identity communicated via Instagram. Ulrike Gretzel
Section 3: Cultural precincts, events, and managing tourist and community expectations
The creative turn: performing cultural tourism at Australian convict heritage sites. Susan Carson and Joanna Hartmann
Cultural tourism and the Olympic movement in Greece. Evangelia Kasimati and Nikolaos G Vagionis
Private/public - local/global: David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art and the Tasmanian tourist industry. Mark Pennings
Conclusion: Susan Carson and Mark Pennings.