By Denis Tolkach and Stephen Pratt
Globalisation is a term used to describe how trade and technology have made the world into a more connected and interdependent place. Globalization also captures in its scope the economic and social changes that have come about as a result.
— National Geographic
Travel and tourism are among the major drivers of globalisation and cultural change. Others drivers of globalisation include migration, geopolitics, technology, and popular culture. All of these are essentially shaped by the movement of people, goods, money, and information.
Globalisation is often perceived as a threat to the preservation of traditional…
Tourism Geographic (TGx) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting article pitches from graduate students based on their theses and dissertations.
Up to now, we were only accepting articles based on papers that had previously been published in the academic journal Tourism Geographies (TG). This limitation was due to the amount of work required by the TGx Editors to get the articles into shape for a more general audience.
By Stephen Schweinsberg, Po-Hsin Lai and Stephen Wearing
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global travel industry. International border closures and passenger concerns over possible infections have threatened the economic viability of many dominant players in the aviation, hotel, and other service sectors.
Since the global shutdown began in early 2020, academics have debated what a ‘new normal’ for tourism should look like after the pandemic. Some have argued that host communities should have a more prominent voice in future sustainable tourism planning (e.g. Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020).
However, less attention has been given to the host community’s actual perspectives…
A question that seems fundamental to the cruise industry, but Tal Danai, CEO, and Founder of ArtLink, hasn’t heard asked often enough. Tal sits down with Alan Lew of Northern Arizona University for a conversation that ranges from geography to abstract thinking, and listen to their insights as to why travel is essential to humans, the world, and why the concept of travel even exists at all!
In this curated conversation, you’ll hear from:
by Benjamin Lucca Iaquinto, Stephen Pratt, and Dawn Gibson
Tourism is not just a leisure and recreation-based activity. People travel for all sorts of reasons other than to escape their supposedly mundane home lives for excitement in a faraway land.
For example, volunteer tourists, working holidaymakers, international students, seasonal migrants, expats, and religious pilgrims often merge leisure activities with periods of some form of work or study. Along with the diversification of travel and tourism, our social relationships have also expanded across ever-larger distances, which is also creating new motivations for travel.
There is, therefore, no clear line between leisure…
by Eva Duedahl, Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt, and Janne Liburd
A local resident, Glenn, sits with a researcher during a break in one of the ten outdoor lifestyle interventions in the Wadden Sea National Park in Denmark. He has volunteered “to do something good for yourself in nature”. They talk about what one can learn from participating in guided walks in nature.
Having pondered this, Glenn looks at the researcher and explains:
It’s fine for kids — because they don’t know anything … They get to know about nature. …
by Daniel Hammett and Gijsbert Hoogendoorn
In episode 6 (Africa) of the popular Netflix series ‘Dark Tourist’ the creator and host, New Zealander David Farrier, visits Johannesburg. In the opening dialogue to this sequence, he notes how tourists avoid the city due to its reputation for crime and violence.
by Katerina Antoniou
COVID-19 continues to affect travel by forcing governments to impose country-specific bans and restrictions. However, as vaccination programmes roll out, many of us hope to travel again at some point in the near future, even if not immediately. With that in mind, what are the factors that will shape our travel decisions in a post-pandemic era?
Although significant restrictions are still in place, travel agency adverts have become more frequent recently. According to reports, holiday bookings have once again begun to soar as people look beyond lockdowns.
by Elizabeth Agyeiwaah, Benjamin Iaquinto, Stephen Pratt, and Wantanee Suntikul
As the global tourism industry struggles to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adventurous tourists, including backpackers, will play an important role in re-establishing tourism in many areas.
This is because backpackers have a reputation for adventure and risk-taking. They prefer ‘off the beaten track’ destinations rather than tourist centers.
Ghana’s Cape Coast is an example of a popular backpacker gathering place.