Sensationalist media reporting of disastrous events: implications for tourism

Walters, Gabrielle, Mair, Judith and Lim, Joshua (2016) Sensationalist media reporting of disastrous events: implications for tourism. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 28 3-10. doi:10.1016/j.jhtm.2016.04.008

Author Walters, Gabrielle
Mair, Judith
Lim, Joshua
Title Sensationalist media reporting of disastrous events: implications for tourism
Journal name Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1839-5260
Publication date 2016-05-17
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jhtm.2016.04.008
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Start page 3
End page 10
Total pages 8
Place of publication Bowen Hills, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Repeatedly in the tourism literature, reference is made to the negative implications of sensationalist media reporting of disasters on destination image. This assumption is yet to be empirically examined and there is a distinct lack of information in terms of the reporting approach used by national and global media, and their portrayal of disastrous events and the tourism destinations in which they take place. The primary objective of this paper is to examine how destinations affected by disastrous events are portrayed by the media in their coverage of the event. The content of 260 print and online media articles that reported the Blue Mountains Bushfires, a small scale disaster that occurred in 2011, is examined. Findings suggest that the media's representation or misrepresentation of this particular disaster may contribute to the estimated loss of over $100 million in tourism related revenue experienced by this destination. Implications for the tourism industry regarding affective media management are presented.
Keyword Sensationalist media reporting
Disastrous events
Tourism destinations
Destination image
Blue Mountains Bushfires
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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