Paranormal tourism planning: stakeholder views on development in South East Asia

Pharino, Chonlada, and Pearce, Philip (2020) Paranormal tourism planning: stakeholder views on development in South East Asia. Tourism Planning & Development, 17 (3). pp. 313-334.

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Abstract

Activities of paranormal interest occur in many international destinations, but few empirical studies exist that would benefit the management of such sites. Bali, Indonesia and Udon Thani, Thailand are selected as examples to highlight the development potential of paranormal tourism in Southeast Asia. The study aims to explore tourism stakeholders' understanding of paranormal tourism in the context of theoretical ideas about developing destinations. This study applies three dimensions of a destination framework: destination capabilities, coordination at the destination level, and inter-destination bridge-ties. Face-to-face in-depth interviews with tourism stakeholders supplemented by onsite observations and analysed by using content analysis. The study showed that tourism stakeholders uniformly view paranormal tourism as a niche market. However, different views emerge when inter-destination bridge-ties are considered. The results suggest that for a better tourist experience, tourism planners may also need to pay attention to designing and managing amenities and accessibility at destinations.

Item ID: 60933
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2156-8324
Keywords: paranormal tourism, tourism stakeholders, destination development framework, special interest tourism, tourism planning in Southeast Asia
Copyright Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 07:41
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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