Conceptualizing the sensory dimension of tourist experiences

Agapito, Dora and Mendes, Júlio and Patrícia, Valle (2013) Conceptualizing the sensory dimension of tourist experiences. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 2 (2). pp. 62-73. ISSN 2212-571X

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This paper aims to contribute to the conceptualization of the sensory dimension of tourist experiences by discussing its theoretical underpinnings. A multidisciplinary approach to the human senses shows their importance to the individual’s experience and perception of the surrounding world, recommending the appropriateness of a holistic analysis of sensescapes in tourism. A review of empirical studies conducted under the experiential paradigm of tourism on the five human senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) evinces the use of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, which depends on research purposes, but also the practical implications of findings and data analysis to destination marketing and management. The paper discusses the role of the senses in designing tourist experiences, and identifies important topics regarding the study of the sensory dimension of tourist experiences, considering future research opportunities.

Additional Information:This paper is partially financed by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology.
Keywords:sensory experience, tourist experience, experiential paradigm, sensescapes, destination marketing
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N500 Marketing
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:29934
Deposited On:01 Aug 2018 10:04

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