This session casts it net widely seeking papers with an interest in the tourist “crowd”. MacCannell (1976) theorized that tourism is a social ritual, and that collective behavior and attempts at belonging are inherent to sightseeing, in particular. This session aims to turn attention to the “crowd”, rather than the individual tourist, as the subject of investigation. This has implications for a number of areas of tourism research, including crowd behavior (ethics, “bad” behavior, social media “shaming”, etc.), crowding and attractions (dangers and/or benefits associated), the social media crowd and popular attractions, staging for crowds, belonging to or going against the crowd, and local community coping mechanisms for large tourist crowds.
|Presenter||Leopold Lucas*, , Tourist legitimacy||20||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Craig R. Laing*, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Gatlinburg's Forgotten History: How Place Influences Interest in Heritage||20||1:40 PM|
|Presenter||JIA TANG*, , Exploring Spatial Network of Urban Tourist Flow Based on Sina Microblog Big Data: A case study of Xi’an, China||20||2:00 PM|
|Discussant||Jillian Rickly The University of Nottingham||20||2:20 PM|
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