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In this fascinating book the contributors explore attitudes towards motivations for holidays, interactions with service providers as they affect the quality of the tourist experience, the nature of the holiday location and the events that occur there. The latter themes include essays on urban tourism, the beach as a holiday site, the role of festivals, and Disney as a form of heritage tourism. In this revised edition, new material is introduced on concepts of time, liminalities, emotional theatre and gender considerations, as well as more detail on the contribution of humanistic psychology to our understanding of tourist motives.
1. Stages, gazes and constructions of tourism. 2. Motives, behaviours, body and mind. 3. From motivation to assessment. 4. Vital encounters: When tourists contact travel agents. 5. Making or breaking the tourist experience: The role of human resource management. 6. Urban tourism; Evaluating tourists experience of urban places. 7. Special event motives and behaviour. 8. Memories of the beach. 9. Playing with the past: Heritage tourism under the tyrannies of postmodern discourse. 10. 'The time of our lives or time for our lives: An examination of time in holidaying.