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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Tourist Experience

Edited By

Richard Sharpley

ISBN 9781032114255
Published November 18, 2021 by Routledge
662 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Routledge Handbook of the Tourist Experience offers a comprehensive synthesis of contemporary research on the tourist experience. It draws together multidisciplinary perspectives from leading tourism scholars to explore emergent tourist behaviours and motivations.

This handbook provides up-to-date, critical discussions of established and emergent themes and issues related to the tourist experience from a primarily socio-cultural perspective. It opens with a detailed introduction which lays down the framework used to examine the dynamic parameters of the tourist experience. Organised into five thematic sections, chapters seek to build and enhance knowledge and understanding of the significance and meaning of diverse elements of the tourist experience. Section 1 conceptualises and understands the tourist experience through an exploration of conventional themes such as tourism as authentic and spiritual experience, as well as emerging themes such as tourism as an embodied experience. Section 2 investigates the new, developing tourist demands and motivations, and a growing interest in the travel career. Section 3 considers the significance, motives, practices and experiences of different types of tourists and their roles such as the tourist as photographer. Section 4 discusses the relevance of ‘place’ to the tourist experience by exploring the relationship between tourism and place. The last section, Section 5, scrutinises the role of the tourist in creating their experiences through themes such as ‘transformations in the tourist role’ from passive receiver of experiences to co-creator of experiences, and ‘external mediators in creating tourist experiences'.

This handbook is the first to fill a notable gap in the tourism literature and collate within a single volume critical insights into the diverse elements of the tourist experience today. It will be of key interest to academics and students across the fields of tourism, hospitality management, geography, marketing and consumer behaviour.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Dimensions of the Contemporary Tourist Experience

1. Tourism, the Tourist Experience and Postmodernity: Theory, Application and Research

Craig Wight

2. Experiencing Tourism: Experiencing Happiness?

Jeroen Nawijn and Wim Strijbosch

3. The Emotional Dimension of the Tourist Experience

Jase Wilson

4. Building the Orchestra Model of Tourist Experience, Integration and Examples

Philip L. Pearce and Zohre Mohammadi

5. The Inter-Relationship Between Tourist Satisfaction and Tourist Experiences: How Does One Contribute to the Other?

H. Kader Şanlıöz–Özgen and Metin Kozak

6. Evolving Authenticity into the Magical Realm of Fantasy-Based Third-Order Simulacra

Jane Lovell

7. Tourist Experiences: Liminal, Liminoid or Just Doing Something Different?

Richard Sharpley

8. Finding Flow in the Travel Experience

Statia Elliot

9. Tourist Experiences as Attention Products

Can-Seng Ooi

10. Tourist Experience: A Semiotic Perspective

Richard Voase

11. Performing Beyond the View: Embodiment and Tourist Experiences

Jillian M. Rickly

12. Tourism: A Spiritual Experience?

Richard Sharpley


Section 2: Tourist Demand and Motivation

13. The Ulysses Factor Revisited: Consolidating the Travel Career Pattern Approach to Tourist Motivation

Philip L. Pearce

14. The Experienced Tourist: Proposing a New Tourist Typology

Sabrina Seeler

15. Tourist Motivation: A Critical Overview

Songshan (Sam) Huang


Section 3: Tourist Roles and Experiences

16. Traveller, Tourist and the ‘Lost Art of Travelling’: The Debate Continues

Tom Sintobin

17. Mass Tourism and Personal Experiences

Erik Cohen

18. Backpacker Tourist Experiences: Temporal, Spatial and Cultural Perspectives

Dallen J. Timothy and Xuan Zhu

19. Volunteer Tourism: ‘It's No Use Going Back to Yesterday, Because I Was a Different Person Then’

Alexandra Coghlan

20. Feelin’ Groovy: Exploring Slow(ness) in Tourism Experience

Julia Fallon

21. Ecotourist Experience: Myth or reality?

Stephen Schweinsberg and Louise O’Flynn

22. Is It Just the Music? Understanding the Atmosphere in Festivalgoers’ Experience at British Rock Music Festivals

Alyssa Brown

23. The Film-Induced Tourism Experience

Sue Beeton

24. Remembrancing, Remembrance Gangs, and Co-opted Encounters: Loading and Reloading Dark Tourism Experiences

Tony Seaton

25. Frontier Tourism: Transcendence Through Trial

Jennifer H. Frost

26. Creating Wellness Tourism Experiences

Melanie Kay Smith

27. Seeking the Unusual But Sustainable: Scuba Diving Experience

Caglar Bideci and Mujde Bideci

28. Religious Tourism: A Spiritual or Touristic Experience?

Daniel H. Olsen

29. The Contemporary Cruise Tourist Experience

Jo-Anne Lester, Jennifer Holland and Catherine Palmer

30. Key Components of Sport Tourist Experiences

Sean Gammon

31. Photography and the Tourist Experience: From Cameras to Smartphones

Richard Sharpley

32. Accessible Tourist Experiences

Marcus Hansen and Alan Fyall


Section 4: The Tourist Experience and Place

33. Marketing a Sense of Place to Tourists: A Critical Perspective

Maria Lichrou and Aggelos Panayiotopoulos

34. The Importance of Built Heritage in the English Seaside Experience

David Jarratt

35. Island Tourist Experiences

Godfrey Baldacchino

36. Delivering Appealing and Competitive Rural Wine Tourism Experiences

Elisabeth Kastenholz and Bernard Lane

37. Wilderness Tourism: Nature-Based Tourist Experiences in Wild Places

Jarkko Saarinen


Section 5: Creating and Mediating the Tourist Experience

38. Designing the Tourist Experience: A Marketing Perspective

Dora Agapito

39. Tourist Experience: A Marketing Perspective

Serena Volo

40. Value Co-Creation in Tourism Eco-Systems: Operant and Operand Resources

Nina K. Prebensen and Muzaffer S. Uysal

41. Place-Based Education, Cemetery Visitation and the Tourist Experience

Siow-Kian Tan and Siow-Hooi Tan

42. Service Experiences and Innovation in the Hospitality Industry

Thais González-Torres, Eva Pelechano-Barahona and Fernando E. García- Muiña

43. Tour Guides as Mediators of Commemoration, Education and Holiday Making: The Anthropology of the Dark Tourism Experience in Berlin

Asaf Leshem

44. Experience Design in the Smart Tourism Destination

Barbara Neuhofer and Dimitrios Buhalis

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Richard Sharpley is Professor of Tourism and Development at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. His research interests lie within two broad areas – tourism and sustainable development and the tourist experience – and he has researched and published widely in both.