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International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Tourism and Hospitality

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Practices of literary tourism: an Australian case study


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Title:Practices of literary tourism: an Australian case study
Author(s):Susan Carson, (Based in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia), Lesley Hawkes, (Based in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia), Kari Gislason, (Based in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia), Samuel Martin, (Based in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia)
Citation:Susan Carson, Lesley Hawkes, Kari Gislason, Samuel Martin, (2013) "Practices of literary tourism: an Australian case study", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 7 Iss: 1, pp.42 - 50
Keywords:Australia, Brisbane, Community, Government policy, Literary trails, Tourism, Tourism development, Walking
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/17506181311301345 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the results of tests for the development of literary trails for domestic visitors and tourists in Brisbane, Queensland, and to situate these findings in the context of recent state government policy changes in relation to culture, community engagement and the environment.

Design/methodology/approach – Broadly cultural studies: the article analyses changes in international and national cultural tourism and Queensland-based issues before presenting the research findings.

Findings – A gap in tourist and cultural development models exists for the implementation of a network of sustainable literary trails in Brisbane – this model can be extended to regions around the state to meet the demands of the new tourist.

Research limitations/implications – The paper highlights Queensland weather and Australian distance, which will require a regional approach that networks with transport and community hubs.

Practical implications – The research has produced new software for the use of self-guided walks; the locations for two specific area trails; and the involvement of the State Library of Queensland as a “hub” for the trails. Substantial support exists for further development in advanced locative media and gaming.

Social implications – The research demonstrates the importance of developing a sense of place that relates to culture, literary history and community for tourists, as well as the potential for community engagement.

Originality/value – Currently no paper-based or new media literary trail exists in Brisbane. The proliferation of online delivered, self-guided trails in other parts of the world reflects a demand for this type of cultural and environmental experience.



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