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The vulnerability of peripheral tourism: the rapid disenchantment of peripheral attraction.

Irvine, Wilson; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Wilson Irvine

Alistair R. Anderson



Contributors

Dieter K. Müller
Editor

Bruno Jansson
Editor

Abstract

This chapter explores the impact of foot and mouth disease on peripheral tourist destinations. It is argued that such destinations are extremely vulnerable to changes in visitor perception and that the effects of national disasters impact disproportionately. The twinned conceptions of the local and the global are employed to show how the time-space compression of globalisation is a double-edged sword. The paper first offers a theoretical explanation based on the symbolic otherness of peripheral places. In the first instance, this otherness attracts, but symbolic constructions are brittle things, and the advent of national disaster turns this otherness into a repelling force. We then offer some data on the uneven effects of foot and mouth disease. This demonstrates how the local of peripherality is vulnerable to the sensationalism of the global. We find that the lenses of perceptions of place magnify the good and the bad. But significantly, peripheral tourist places suffer most.

Publication Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher CABI Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International
Pages 109-123
Book Title Tourism in peripheries: perspectives from the far north and south
ISBN 9781845931773
Institution Citation IRVINE, W. and ANDERSON, A. 2006. The vulnerability of peripheral tourism: the rapid disenchantment of peripheral attraction. In Müller, D.K. and Jansson, B. (eds.) Tourism in peripheries: perspectives from the far north and south. Wallingford: CABI, pages 109-123.
Keywords Tourism; Peripheral areas; Foot and mouth disease
Publisher URL http://www.cabi.org/bk_BookDisplay.asp?PID=1991

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