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1st Edition

Positive Tourism

ISBN 9781138900653
Published October 11, 2016 by Routledge
232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Tourism affects millions of individuals, numerous societies and environments in multiple, nuanced and overlapping ways. While it can be viewed as a frivolous leisure pursuit or simply a large industry, with potentially destructive impacts, it might also be understood in terms of its effects on human fulfilment, the good life and greater well-being.

This book calls for positive tourism, principally grounded in theories from positive psychology (the study of what makes life worth living), and the development of a body of knowledge that explains what characterises optimal tourist experiences, what enables host communities to flourish and what encourages workers in tourism to thrive. Through original research studies reported in this international volume we aim to further develop this knowledge. The intersections between ongoing and traditionally inspired applications of psychology in tourism and this new thrust in psychological inquiry promise to refresh and challenge tourism research.

This book will appeal to researchers and academics in tourism, leisure, positive psychology, management and related fields as well as graduate students, professionals and policy makers.

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Part I: Positive Tourism

  1. What is Positive Tourism? Why Do We Need It?
  2. Sebastian Filep, Jennifer Laing and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Part II: Positive Tourist Experiences

  3. Meaningful Vacation Experiences
  4. Jan Packer and Chelsea Gill

  5. Tourism and Love: How Do Tourist Experiences Affect Romantic Relationships?
  6. Jessica de Bloom, Sabine Geurts and Martin Lohmann

  7. Tourists’ Accounts of Learning and Positive Emotions Through Sensory Experiences
  8. Xavier Matteucci

  9. Dark Tourism and Dark Events: A Journey to Positive Resolution and Well-Being
  10. Jennifer Laing and Warwick Frost

  11. The Role of Humour in Contributing to Tourism Experiences
  12. Anja Pabel

  13. Employing Hedonia and Eudaimonia to Explore Differences Between Three Groups of Wellness Tourists on the Experiential, the Motivational and the Global Level
  14. Cornelia Voigt

  15. Why Do We Travel? A Positive Psychological Model for Travel Motivation
  16. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and John Coffey

    Part III: Positive Host Communities

  17. Examining Kindness of Strangers in Tourism: Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail
  18. Troy Glover and Sebastian Filep

  19. The Impact of Tourism on the Quality of Life of Local Industry Employees in Ubud, Bali
  20. Peita Hillman, Brent D. Moyle, Betty Weiler and Deborah Che

    Part IV: Positive Tourism Workers

  21. Transformative Guiding and Long-Distance Walking
  22. Robert Saunders, Betty Weiler and Jennifer Laing

  23. Co-creation and Experience Brokering in Guided Adventure Tours
  24. Susan Houge Mackenzie and John Kerr

    Part V: Conclusions and Future Directions

  25. Synthesising Positive Tourism

Sebastian Filep, Jennifer Laing and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


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Sebastian Filep is Senior Lecturer at the Tourism Department, University of Otago, New Zealand. He specialises in tourism and well-being research. He has published internationally in peer-reviewed academic journals and books on the topic of human well-being.

Jennifer Laing is Associate Professor in Management in the Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests include extraordinary tourist experiences, the role of events in society, travel narratives and wellness tourism. She has co-written five and edited two books on tourism and/or events.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management and Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Centre, Claremont Graduate University, USA. He is noted for his work on happiness, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow.


"In conclusion, this well written edited book achieves to further knowledge on optimal tourist experiences but more importantly has started documenting research on worker well-being and host-community well-being through the lens of positive psychology... the value of this book, particularly for researchers, lies as much in what is presented making an original contribution to knowledge as in highlighting what is missing or where our attention in tourism research should be."

Heike Schänzel, School of Hospitality & Tourism, Auckland University of Technology