Tourism attraction systems: Exploring cultural behaviour

Richards, G. (2002) Tourism attraction systems: Exploring cultural behaviour. Annals of Tourism Research, 29 (4). pp. 1048-1064. ISSN 0160-7383 Available from:

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Attractions are vital sub-elements in all whole tourism systems, and yet their study suffers from lack of theoretical depth and empirical foundation. This paper presents an empirical exploration of the attraction system model, based on a survey of over 6,000 tourists to cultural attractions. The results provide strong support both for the general structure of the model and for the idea that tourists are “pushed” towards attractions by their motivations. Visitation is shown to be strongly related to motivation, attraction markers, use of different media, and touristic characteristics. Potential areas of development for the model are suggested, including more consideration of the relationship between agency and structure.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Developed from the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Project (originally financed by the EU) this research has subsequently developed into a global research project involving over 50 partners from 30 countries and the completion of over 45,000 visitors surveys which have informed policy documents of World Tourism Organisation and European Travel Commission.
Uncontrolled Keywords:attraction systems, markers, cultural attractions, motivations, cultural tourism
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology
ID Code:6267
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:11
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