Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Literary Tourism

Literary tourism

Literary tourism describes tourism activity that is motivated by interest in an author, a literary creation or setting, or the literary heritage of a destination.

Literary tourism has a number of dimensions as the definition above suggests. Tourists enjoy visiting birthplaces, burial sites, museums, literary trails and other sites associated with authors or literary creations. William Worsdworth's cottage, Thomas Hardy's birthplace and Shakespeare's tomb are all popular visitor destinations in the UK. Tourists also enjoy attractions with more generic literary associations such as Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall or the guided literary pub tours of Edinburgh.

The representations of countries and their culture within literature can also inspire visits - package tourists to Spain may not necessarily think that their visit has been ...

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