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Researching the Management of Visitor Attractions: International Comparative Study Issues

  The paucity of literature in the field of visitor attractions, combined with the virtual vacuum of literature on international comparative research methodologies in tourism generally, and more specifically within the visitor attractions sector, together serve as the catalytic focus for this paper. Where studies have been completed on visitor attractions in the international arena, they have often been practitioner-led and lack the depth of analysis and rigour required for academic scrutiny. This paper will begin to fill this gap, by evaluating the methodological options available to academics when researching visitor attractions in different countries. Reference will be made throughout the paper to an international comparative study undertaken by the authors at visitor attractions in Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The paper concludes with a synthesis of those methodological issues deemed to be of benefit to future researchers wishing to advance their understanding of the management of visitor attractions in different countries around the world.

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    30 November 2005

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    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.4791 Tourist industry


Leask, A. & Fyall, A. (2005). Researching the Management of Visitor Attractions: International Comparative Study Issues. Tourism Recreation Research. 31(2), 23-32. doi:10.1080/02508281.2006.11081259. ISSN 0250-8281



visitor attractions, management, Scotland, international comparability, research practice

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