Revising Mieczkowski's conceptualisation of tourism

Yaniv Poria, Richard Butler, David Airey

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    Abstract

    Mieczkowski's work (1981), has been used by scholars and educators in the field of tourism to describe the relationships between recreation, leisure and tourism to provide a theoretical framework for tourism. The aim of this paper is to illustrate that another element needs to be added, namely the tourists' perception of time as 'free' or 'non-free'. It is suggested that tourists' perception of the time-frame in which their experience takes place, whether the time is viewed as 'leisure' and 'free time' or 'non-free time', is of key importance in understanding tourism as a social phenomenon. It is also argued that improved understanding of the tourists' perception of this time-frame provides a new basis for segmenting tourists and identifying tourism subgroups. This, in turn, can contribute to the body of theory related to tourism and to the management of tourist-related organizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-38
    Number of pages12
    JournalTourism Geographies
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

    Keywords

    • Mieczkowski
    • tourism
    • leisure
    • recreation
    • tourists

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