An ecological dynamics perspective on adventure tourism

PEACOCK, Suzanne, BRYMER, Eric, DAVIDS, Keith and DILLON, Michelle (2017). An ecological dynamics perspective on adventure tourism. Tourism review international, 21 (3), 307-316.

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Traditional definitions for adventure tourism have focused on the adventure tourism activity or the adventure tourism environment. In these cases the activity is most often associated with risk and the environment associated with unfamiliarity and natural terrains. Critiques of these definitions have pointed out that this traditional perspective is limited. The risk focus is paradoxical as clients purchase adventure experiences involving risk and uncertainty, whereas tour operators must minimize the risk and emphasize safety. Additionally, adventure tourism can also take place in urban or man-made environments. Furthermore, the traditional definitions mostly ignore the lived experience of the adventure consumer. Individuals undertake adventure for a variety of reasons, including risk and thrills, health and well-being, connection to others and nature, recreational mastery, and personal development. We propose a nuanced conceptual understanding of adventure tourism within an ecological dynamics perspective that considers the relationship between the person, the adventure activity and the surrounding environment, and the recognition of affordances that support well-being. This theoretical approach provides a useful framework for operators and researchers that encourages a more personalized and meaningful experience for the tourist.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affordances; Ecological dynamics; Effectivities; Adventure tourism; Relationships; 1506 Tourism
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Page Range: 307-316
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 10:55
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:01

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