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Visitor attraction management: a critical review of research 2009-2014

Leask, Anna



Research publications focussing on visitor attractions have increased in recent years, with articles sourced from an increasingly broad range of disciplines and fields of study. Key findings include a reduced reliance on case study and qualitative research, towards a significant increase in the use of quantitative methods to investigate and analyse the data gathered in relation to management issues experienced at sites. There is clear evidence of the use of visitor attractions to develop destinations, via engagement with local communities and engagement with new and existing visitors. Contemporary issues facing visitor attraction managers and researchers, specifically the increasing diversity of visitors and responses to the increasing commercial imperative, are observed. A key contribution is the wealth of research outputs considered, alongside the development of a future research agenda that highlights the need for researchers to combine academic and practitioner needs to support the sector with relevant and accessible research.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 9, 2016
Publication Date 2016-12
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 22, 2019
Journal Tourism Management
Print ISSN 0261-5177
Electronic ISSN 1879-3193
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Pages 334-361
Keywords Visitor attraction; management; tourism;
Public URL
Contract Date Aug 22, 2019


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