The gaze, spectacle and ecotourism

Ryan, Chris, Hughes, Karen and Chirgwin, Sharon (2000) The gaze, spectacle and ecotourism. The Annals of Tourism Research, 27 1: 148-163. doi:10.1016/S0160-7383(99)00061-4


Author Ryan, Chris
Hughes, Karen
Chirgwin, Sharon
Title The gaze, spectacle and ecotourism
Journal name The Annals of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-7383
1873-7722
Publication date 2000-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0160-7383(99)00061-4
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 148
End page 163
Total pages 16
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract This paper discusses the attitudes and behaviors of visitors to Fogg Dam Conservation Area in the Northern Territory, Australia. Based on survey results and observations of tourist behavior, it argues that in this particular location, self-defined ecotourists are gaining an affective rather than cognitive experience. Additionally, the nature of this experience is primarily ocular and concerned with spectacle, and thus is selective. The study also suggests that ecotourism may be culturally determined, with the culture being that of consumerism. Hence, in this Australian location, ecotourism is a hedonistic experience rather than concerned with learning.
Keyword Ecotourism
Tourist behaviour
Northern Australia
Wildlife tourism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes First published online 29 November 1999.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
 
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