15 research outputs found

    An integrated model of social impacts and resident’s perceptions: From a film tourism destination

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    Minimal research has been carried out regarding the host community’s perceptions of and reactions to film tourism impacts, utilizing a mainstream tourism destination such as Bali. This article aims to identify and explain residents’ perceptions of and attitudes toward the social impacts of film tourism, proposing an integrated theoretical model of social exchange theory, social representations theory and place change theory. Results indicate that the integrated model is particularly robust in explaining what caused a condition or event to be perceived as negative, positive or neutral place change, and why such changes are interpreted and evaluated in the social and cultural contexts. It also suggests that the locals do not perceive or necessarily respond to tourism impacts uniformly. As such, it contributes to a more wholesome understanding of the underlying dynamics and complexities involved in identifying and explaining the perceived impacts of tourism on the residents of a community in a theoretically rigorous, nuanced manner

    Understanding popular media production and potential tourist consumption: a methodological agenda

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    Research on the tourism implications of television-induced tourism generally remains limited, with no single agreed approach to its study. In particular, there are methodological difficulties in understanding this phenomenon and a subsequent lack of empirical research into the relationships between films and TV programmes and tourism. Furthermore, there has been limited attention to the underlying mechanisms and structures in the relationships between the production and consumption of films or TV programmes, audiences and potential tourists, particularly in non-Western contexts

    A conceptual model for researching the production and potential tourist consumption of popular media texts

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    This paper attempts to develop a conceptual model of the process of production and consumption of popular media texts (PMTs) to investigate the relationships between the production elements of PMTs and the ways in which particular production values may appeal to potential tourists in diverse settings. The proposed model presumes that there may be structurally causal relationships between highlighted major elements of PMTs production and patterns of consumption associated with audience involvement, subsequent audience loyalty, and intention to visit the locations depicted in the programming in the context of film-induced tourism. The conceptualised model of the process of production and consumption of PMTs is hypothesised by reviewing previous literature and empirical studies. This paper draws attention to trans-national and interdisciplinary perspectives which will enable researchers to develop new ideas and perspectives in exploring the complicated inter-communication processes between PMTs from the production side with audiences/tourists as consumers, and understanding the relationships and mediation between production and consumption of PMTs and associated tourism

    ‘Mingren are the respectable ones’: An analysis of everyday engagements with contemporary celebrity culture in China

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    To investigate the values and social norms underpinning celebrity culture, it is crucial to study everyday uses of celebrity culture. Yet, studies in this area have been limited thus far, especially in non-Western contexts. This exploratory study focuses on the ways how young and middle-aged adults in everyday life in urban China discuss and value media celebrities. The results show that respondents have a rather similar way of valuing celebrity: celebrities need to have strong work ethics and showcase social responsibility; only then do they ‘earn’ their right to be considered ‘famous’. We conclude that these values are closely related to the current socio-cultural situation of China’s social transformation and echo the value system promoted by the Chinese government

    The cognitive development of food taste perception in a food tourism destination: A gastrophysics approach

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    This study aims to explore the nature and processes involved in the cognitive development of food tourist\u27s taste perception and identify cognitive factors influencing their food taste experience in the context of a food tourism destination. Adopting a gastrophysics approach, this exploratory qualitative research analyses food taste perceptions of Chinese domestic tourists during their visit to the Hangzhou Cuisine Museum and its associated restaurants. The findings suggest that prior knowledge formation as a manifestation of cognitive signs relating to Hangzhou cuisine and interpretive cognitive information acquired at the museum exhibition, greatly affect the tourists\u27 local food taste experiences: these comprise menu selection and appetitive responses in textual, visual and gustatory senses. This paper sheds light on important theoretical and practical implications for stakeholders concerning tourist experiences around food taste perception in food tourism destinations and attractions

    Japanese udon noodle tourists: what matters?

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    The current study aims to examine what motivates Japanese domestic tourists to travel in the quest of fresh handmade udon noodles in Japan. Adopting a qualitative in-depth interview approach, the target samples of the study were Japanese tourists whose sole, main or part of reason for travel on the occasion was to consume Mizusawa udon noodles in Mizusawa udon region, Gunma prefecture. The results indicated that food tourists were motivated to visit the Mizusawa udon region both extrinsically and intrinsically. The identified extrinsic motivations encompass ‘expected sensory appeal and textual seduction’ and ‘heritage and authenticity of cooking methods and foodways’, whereas the intrinsic motivations include ‘escapism, prestige and self-enhancement’, ‘learning local culture’, and ‘past experience and familiarity’