alexa Cultural Tourism as Serious Leisure
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Journal of Tourism & Hospitality

Author(s): Robert Stebbins

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This article is about cultural tourism. Cultural tourism is a genre of special interest tourism based on the search for and participation in new and deep cultural experiences, whether aesthetic, intellectual, emotional, or psychological. Several cultural forms such as museums, galleries, festivals, architecture, historic ruins, artistic performances, and heritage sites routinely draw tourists. Serious leisure is the systematic pursuit of an amateur, hobbyist, or volunteer activity sufficiently substantial and interesting in nature for the participant to find a career there acquiring and expressing a combination of its special skills, knowledge, and experience. The liberal hobbyists have as their primary goal the acquisition of a broad, profound, nontechnical knowledge and understanding of, for example, an art, cuisine, language, culture, history, or area of the world. Most acquire their liberal arts knowledge by reading, but reading can be supplemented with direct participation in activities related to the pastime. This certainly holds for cultural tourists, who may even see reading and traveling as equally important and satisfying, or regard the first as supplementing the second. The general cultural tourist is possibly more prevalent than the specialized cultural tourist, who focuses on one or a small number of geographic sites or cultural entities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

This article was published in Annals of Tourism Research and referenced in Journal of Tourism & Hospitality

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