Exploring the Recent Studies of Tourism Geography in India

Authors: Rajrani Kalra*, California State University - San Bernardino
Topics: Recreational and Sport Geography, Tourism Geography, Asia
Keywords: Foreign Tourists arrival, Domestic Tourism , Tamil Nadu, India, heritage tourism, ECo Tourism
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Tourism geography is a new area of research and broadly examines the interaction among such themes as ‘spatial organization’, ‘land-man relations’ and ‘areal differentiation’ (Taaffe, 1974; Gibson, 2008) in the study of the distribution and spatial pattern of tourist places. Tourist activities generates wealth and employment, attracts foreign exchange, promotes travel and hospitability industry, advances cross-cultural communication and understanding, builds infrastructure, and leads to local as well as global economic development. Pearce (1979) examined the range and scope of tourist geography and opined the centrality of spatial interaction in the geographies of tourism. The geography of tourism examines a variety of areas like ‘the effects of scale’, ‘spatial distribution of tourist phenomenon’, ‘tourism impacts’, ‘planning for tourism’, and ‘spatial modeling for tourist development’ (Williams 1998). Recently, Indian geographers have been interested in the spatial dimension of tourism in India Mir (2016) has surveyed important themes within tourism geography in India: ‘globalization and tourism’, ‘trends of tourism’, ‘economic aspects of tourism’, ‘impact of tourism on environment and society’, ‘sustainable tourism development’, and ‘infrastructure and hospitality’. Given this overview, the objective of this paper is to address four research questions: (1) how tourism is conceptualized and defined across selected social science disciplines? (2) what insights do Indian studies provide about regional tourism? (3) What are the various methods to study tourism geography? In addition, (4), what suggestions can be made for strengthening the bourgeoning field of tourism geography in India?

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