Tourists to Lhasa, Tibet: how local youth classify, understand and respond to different types of travelers

Wu, Mao-Ying, and Pearce, Philip L. (2013) Tourists to Lhasa, Tibet: how local youth classify, understand and respond to different types of travelers. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 18 (6). pp. 549-572.

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Abstract

Local residents in tourism communities are observers of those who gaze at them. This research extends host gaze studies using an emic approach. It explores how tourists are viewed in three different settings in the context of Lhasa, Tibet. The young Tibetans viewing tourists in these three different settings have different economic and social backgrounds. They also have different degrees of exposure to tourists. The study offers baseline information on how tourists are differently understood within Tibet across nationality differences. It was demonstrated that three different groups of young Tibetans variously use ethnic origins, travel and transport arrangement, and how tourists are hosted to develop their different classifications. Tolerance towards most types of tourists is high, though it varies subtly for different groups. These core perspectives can be helpful in establishing not only how Tibetan tourism is viewed but also how it can be managed and developed in the future.

Item ID: 24435
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6507
Keywords: host gaze, classifying tourists, Tibetan youth, tourism experience, preferences for tourists
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2013 04:21
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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