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Global Tourism Impacts

Tourism brings ‘Disneyfication’ and modernization, both of which mean change for traditional cultures.

Tourists watching a show at the Te Vara Nui Village on Rarotonga, the Cook Islands — by Denis Tolkach & Stephen Pratt © all rights reserved

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.
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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’ Policies

Helping interesting graduate student research reach a wider audience and make impact beyond academic journals.

Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash

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.

TG Editor Profile

Dr. Ioannides is innovating cutting edge articles for ‘Tourism Geographies’.

Tourism Development After COVID-19

Host communities are extremely diverse and need to be at the heart of post-pandemic tourism.

Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash

By Stephen Schweinsberg, Po-Hsin Lai and Stephen Wearing

A New Normal for Tourism

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…

Insights from our Editors

Tourism Geographies’ Editor-in-Chief, Alan Lew, discusses the importance of travel and tourism to create a New Earth .

From Seatrade Cruise News

Why do we travel?

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:

  • Tal Danai, CEO and Founder, ArtLink
  • Alan Lew, Ph.D., AICP, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University

Travel Motivations

For many traditional cultures around the world, travel is much more than leisure and recreation.

Samoan Youths — Photo by Mareko Tamaleaa (Unsplash cc-by)

by Benjamin Lucca Iaquinto, Stephen Pratt, and Dawn Gibson

A Growing Diversity of Travel Motivation

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…

Ageing With Nature

On the North Sea coast older residents are embracing the ebbs and flows of ageing and nature together.

An elderly man and the sea — by Cade ( cc-by)

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. …

Changing Forms of Tourism

Whites are coming out of the suburbs to explore the complex culture of this metropolitan city.

Maboneng Arts District, Johannesburg, South Africa — by South African Tourism ( cc-by)

by Daniel Hammett and Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

“Dark Tourism” in Johannesburg

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.

Academic Insights on Tourism from ‘The Conversation’

It’s been a while since the question “where should I travel to next?” has felt within reach.

by Marco Verch Professional ( cc-by)

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?

Post-COVID Tourism

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.

COVID-19-related travel conditions will complicate holidays for the foreseeable future…

Travel & Tourism Impacts

Backpacker tourism is good for Ghana’s Cape Coast.

Tourist at Elmina Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana — by flowcomm ( by-cc)

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.

A typical backpacker in the Cape Coast is seen wearing brightly colored “Ankara fabric” with their backpacks also sometimes made of African print. …

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