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The Tourist As A Metaphor Of The Social World

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This book contains a selection of papers from the prestigious Research Committee on International Tourism presented at the World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Brisbane, Australia, July 2002. It provides a sociological and anthropological critique of existing tourism theory as well as some directions for its future development and research.

While much of the present understanding of the tourist and tourism is grounded in metaphor (e.g. tourism as a sacred journey, tourism as play, the tourist as a child, etc.) such analogies need to be linked to transformations in tourism generating and receiving societies. Hence the focus on the tourist and everyday life, socio-psychological dimensions of the tourist experience, the tourist and conflicting expectations, and the tourist in a changing world.


Tourism As A Challenge

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The first tourist destinations were primarily consolidated in the early twentieth century. Since then, tourism has undergone significant changes in its economic and social components. Over time, many of these destinations have now come to represent 'mass tourism' and are the subject of many studies on the impacts of tourism and competitiveness policies. The conclusions of these studies point to the need for new perspectives and strategies ranging from adaptation to new contexts to a radical change in targets. Concepts such as 'sustainability', 'nature', 'biodiversity' or 'climate change' have now been added to the tourism industry with varying degrees of knowledge and skill. These offer a great opportunity to improve a model of tourism previously oriented towards business and the institutional rhetoric of "sustainability" - a fact now recognised by tourists as representing the negative effects of conventional tourism. Management of these innovations should include among its aims environmental education and orient visitors towards awareness and respect for sustainability even outside their leisure time. To this end, the tourist needs to be made aware of all those involved and their commitment to managing the destination, as enjoying the territory should be based upon minimising the socio-ecological impacts of tourism, and on motivating nature conservation and participation of local populations in both these goals, as well as in the economic benefits obtained. The challenge entails the destination finding a good balance between economic and cultural benefits, landscape conservation and tourist satisfaction. This fifth volume of the Tourism Today Series presents a collection of papers addressing the how to manage these types of uses at a variety of destinations and in multiple contextual realities. These edited papers were selected from those presented at different international conferences organised by the Wessex Institute of Technology. They address important issues related to tourism as a tool for development which will give a better understanding of some of the current challenges.


Tourism And Modernity

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In western society it is taken for granted that tourism is a necessary element of contemporary lifestyle, but while many people recognize its importance, they are usually more concerned with its contribution to the economy than with its social, cultural, and political significance. As a social action, tourism is at least partly based on the appeal of distance in time, space, and culture, which offers people the opportunity to question conditions they take for granted, and, by distancing themselves from everyday life, to re-examine the meaning of their lives.
Within a traditional society, however, the action of distancing from normality is usually negatively sanctioned. By contrast, under modernity people mostly have the necessary resources to transcend the everyday world through experiences which are at a distance from their daily lives. Tourism thus has much to do with the conditions and consequences of modernity and is, in short, an indicator of the ambivalence of modernity. It is from this perspective that this book attempts to broaden the established line of enquiry into the relationship between tourism and modernity.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 contextualizes tourism in terms of the relationship between Logos-modernity and Eros-modernity. Part 2 then deals with the relationship between modernity and the motivations and experiences of tourists. Finally, Part 3 focuses on the conditions of modernity that lure tourists towards leisure and pleasure travel.


3 Day Guide To Provence

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See. Eat. Sleep. Enjoy. A 72-Hour Guide to Provence, France.

City breaks are perfect for those long weekends away. You go to a city and you've got only a short amount of time to see the sights, there's no time to get distracted.But what if you don't know exactly what to do and see? Which places to eat at? When is the best time to visit? Explore one of the most inspirational places on earth, see for yourself what it is about Provence that draws artists in from around the world and this guide can help you discover all there is to see. A place of beautiful landscapes and fine food you can find something and everything in this beautiful French province. Whether you want to visit museums and learn more about the country that was the home of the great artists such as Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso and Van Gogh or simply walk through the poetic and romantic landscapes and see for yourself what it is that people find so inspiring, you're guaranteed to find something here that you will enjoy.Inside3 Day Guide to Provence: A 72-Hour Definitive Guide On What to See, Eat & Enjoy In Provence, France:
  • History - we've put together a historic overview of Provence and France, helping you to see what is that is so unique about this region of France and draws in artists.
  • Climate - we explore the climate around Provence, helping you pick the best time for you to come. Whether you want to see the meadows in bloom or walk through the autumn woods we can help you pick the perfect time of year to get the most out of your holiday.
  • Region Overview- maybe you want to see where Van Gogh lived and painted, where Picasso found his inspiration or simply hoping to find inspiration all of your own. Whatever you're looking for you can find something to kindle the imagination.
  • Transport - Traveling to and around the region of Provence is made easy with this book. Packed with tips and tricks to help you keep travel stress free and cross the city like a local you can find all you need here.
  • Sight seeing - helping you to make the most of your visit and turn your holiday into the trip of a life time this guide is full of attractions to suit any type of adventurer, including; museums, outdoor hikes, history, archeology, architecture, food, sightseeing or even just spending time in the company of the one you love or the great outdoors.
  • 3 Day Itinerary - For those of you who aren't sure exactly what to you want to see but want to explore all that Provence has to offer there's a handy itinerary all drawn up for you. Filled with dozens of exciting ideas you can just pick and choose which parts you want to use and your trip of a lifetime is set.
  • Best Places for Any Budget - with comprehensive lists and reviews of the best places to eat, sleep and enjoy a night out all arranged by budget levels you're bound to find something for you no matter what your budget is and what you've come to see.Whether you're coming for artistic succor, tracing the footsteps of the artistic greats, looking for your own inspiration or just want to revisit nature, whatever you're looking for you are bound to find something for you. Grab your copy of3-Day Guide to Provence: A 72-hour definitive guide on what to see, eat and enjoy in Provence, France and turn your trip into a trip of a lifetime to this colorful and surreal region.

  • A Tour Of The White House

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    Twenty-four pages of White House scenes and paintings in the White House art collection to color.



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