Tourist watching: arguments for and recent applications of systematic observation

Pearce, Philip L. (2005) Tourist watching: arguments for and recent applications of systematic observation. In: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association (1) pp. 566-575. From: New Tourism for Asia-Pacific, 7-10 July 2005, Goyang, Korea.

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There are two core and intersecting aims of this paper. First, the value of observational studies in tourism research, and particularly tourist behaviour research will be considered. This consideration will include an account of the origins of the method in allied study fields such as ethology, environmental psychology and anthropology /sociology. The scope of the method, its complexity and some issues especially associated with this research method will be raised. As a second aim the paper will report on two recent studies by the researcher using observation as a field work technique studying visitors to a regional Australian destination. The insights obtained using observational approaches will be considered in a newly built visitor centre and at a "dangerous" attraction. The value of the method will be considered both for the immediate studies and for tourism research more generally.

Item ID: 7847
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-89-87511-04-7
Keywords: systematic observation; tourism
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2010 04:16
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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