If anyone out there is looking for a session that combines an interest in economic geography with travel and tourism please think about submitting your
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, Oct 12, 2007
If anyone out there is looking for a session that combines an interest in economic geography with travel and tourism please think about submitting your abstract for this session. Please submit this NO LATER than October 24. Thanks.
Much discussion has been made in recent times concerning the appearance of a so-called "experience economy." The term originally coined by economists Pine and Gillmore (1999) generally implies that our modern society has become one dominated by businesses whose principal aim is to generate experiences. Being the "poster child" of the experience economy, tourism remains a sector that is not well defined and, as such, it is one that is hard to measure. Some of the questions that continue to dog researchers include: (a) what exactly is the tourist industry; (b) how do we disentangle the experience part of the tourist product from more tangible aspects like hotel rooms and airline seats; (c) what methodological tools do we have at our disposal to improve the measurement of tourism? (d) what is the magnitude of tourism within cities? A paper on these aspects or any others that explore the interconnections of economic geography to travel and tourism will be considered for this session.
Dimitri Ioannides PhD Professor of Tourism Planning and Development Dept. of Geography, Geology, and Planning Missouri State University Springfield MO 65897 USA