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Tourists, Tourism and the Good Life

1st Edition

By Philip Pearce, Sebastian Filep, Glenn Ross


226 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Tourism is arguably one of the largest self-initiated commercial interventions to create well-being and happiness on the entire planet. Yet there is a lack of specific attention to the ways in which we can better understand and evaluate the relationship between well-being and travel. The recent surge of scholarly work in positive psychology concerned with human well-being and flourishing represents a contemporary force with the potential to embellish and augment much current tourism study. This book maps out the field and then draws links between tourists, tourism and positive psychology. It discusses topics such as the issue of excess materialism and its fragile relationship with well-being, the value of positive psychology to lifestyle businesses, and the insights of the research field to spa and wellness tourism. This volume will interest those who study and practise tourism as well as scholars and graduate students in a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, business and leisure.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Chapter One 1. Scholarship in Psychology and Tourism Section 1: Introduction to Section 1 – Principally About Individuals 2. Flow and Tourist Satisfaction 3. Time, Tourism, Host Communities and Positive Psychology 4. Ethics, Tourism and Wellbeing Section 2: Introduction to Section 2 – Individuals and Tourism Contexts 5. Materialism in Tourism and its Alleviation Through Good Values 6. Lifestyle Businesses and Their Community Effects 7. Spa and Wellness Tourism and Positive Psychology 8. Summary, Synthesis and Future Directions.

About the Authors

Philip Pearce is a Foundation Professor of Tourism at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia and was appointed the First Professor of Tourism in Australia.

Sebastian Filep is a Research Fellow in Travel and Wellbeing at the Centre for Tourism and Services Research of Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

Glenn Ross is an Adjunct Professor of Tourism at James Cook University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Tourism

Tourism has been the fastest growing industry of the last decade as disposable incomes grew throughout the world. This series highlights state of the art and cutting edge Tourism research in the following areas:

* the management and organization of tourism
* tourism and development
* the benefits and the disadvantages of the effects of tourism

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Marketing
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Park & Recreation Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General


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