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Tourists as Experience Collectors: A New Travelling Mind-Set

Kostopoulos, I, Magrizos, S and Harris, LC (2023) Tourists as Experience Collectors: A New Travelling Mind-Set. Leisure Sciences. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0149-0400

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While literature on experiential tourism suggests that travellers are increasingly more interested in unique experiences, little has been said about the nature and dynamics of tourists seeking new destinations/travelling experiences. Using theoretical arguments derived from literature on collecting, we re-conceptualise frequent travellers as collectors of travelling experiences and destinations, rather than tangible souvenirs, and explore the underlying and implications of this process. Findings from our 22 in-depth interviews with frequent travellers indicate that this is a pervasive and prevalent process across many tourists. We argue that interested organisation market travelling experiences ‘sets’, and offer opportunites to materialise and exhibit collectors’ experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Leisure Sciences on 28th April 2023 available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01490400.2023.2206401
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1504 Commercial Services; 1506 Tourism; Sport, Leisure & Tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 May 2023 10:08
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 09:29
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/01490400.2023.2206401
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19588

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