The tourist crowd

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bacchus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Jillian Rickly
Chairs: Jillian Rickly


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
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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