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Revisiting Mieczkowski's conceptualization of tourism

Poria, Y, Butler, R and Airey, D (2003) Revisiting Mieczkowski's conceptualization of tourism Tourism Geographies, 5 (1). pp. 26-38.

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Mieczkowski's work (1981), has been used by scholars and educators in the field of tourism to describe the relationships between recreation, leisure and tourism to provide a theoretical framework for tourism. The aim of this paper is to illustrate that another element needs to be added, namely the tourists' perception of time as 'free' or 'non-free'. It is suggested that tourists' perception of the time-frame in which their experience takes place, whether the time is viewed as 'leisure' and 'free-time' or 'non-free time', is of key importance in understanding tourism as a social phenomenon. It is also argued that improved understanding of the tourists' perception of this time-frame provides a new basis for segmenting tourists and identifying tourism subgroups. This, in turn, can contribute to the body of theory related to tourism and to the management of tourist-related organizations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Poria, Y
Butler, R
Date : 1 February 2003
DOI : 10.1080/1461668032000034042
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 14:52
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:30

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