Third world tour landscapes

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Abstract

This paper focuses on landscapes experienced by tourists on package tours to India. It examines how structure and content of 13 package tours create landscape experiences for the mass tourist which have little coincidence with the experiential reality of India. In this case, package tours encapsulate the visitor in vehicles and hotels in isolation from authentic environmental stimuli. Tours also direct tourists toward northern cities at the expense of southern and rural culture realms. Modern urban settings overshadow traditional ones and itineraries stress monuments to the past over current, every-day events and activities. Thus the tourist on a package tour, although inside India, is rendered an outsider to Indianness. © 1987.

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  • directedness
  • encapsulation
  • landscape
  • mass tourist
  • outsideness
  • package tour

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  • Barbara A. Weightman

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