'Flow', sightseeing, satisfaction and personal development: exploring relationships via positive psychology

Filep, Sebastian (2007) 'Flow', sightseeing, satisfaction and personal development: exploring relationships via positive psychology. In: Proceedings of the 17th Annual CAUTHE Conference. From: CAUTHE 2007: Tourism - Past Achievements, Future Challenges, 11-14 FEB 2007, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

This conceptual paper begins with a short description of positive psychology and its salient, 'flow' theory. It then briefly discusses previous research of 'flow'. A lack of research of this optimal state in the tourism field and particularly in non-physical activity tourism settings is highlighted. In this context, three key topics are identified and discussed: the 'flow' state as a tool for understanding optimal sightseeing experiences; the 'flow' state as a mechanism for understanding on-site tourist satisfaction; and the 'flow' state as a function of tourists' personal development. The paper concludes with a research agenda for tourism researchers interested in the 'flow' model.

Item ID: 3194
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: 'flow'; sightseeing; satisfaction; development; positive; psychology
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ISBN: 978-0-646-46998-0
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2009 04:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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