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Art tourism: A new field for tourist studies


Franklin, A, Art tourism: A new field for tourist studies, Tourist Studies, 18, (4) pp. 399 -416. ISSN 1468-7976 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468797618815025


This article argues the case for art tourism as a new field of tourist studies. At present, art tourism is currently obscured under cultural tourismís voluminous bounds Ė which are as inappropriate as they are unwieldy and overloaded. More specifically, it cannot adequately contain art tourismís distinctive origins, forms of experience and articulation between art worlds, cities and regions and tourism industries. In part, a more dedicated research field is also needed to keep track of its rapid growth and development as a primary driver of regional and urban regeneration and for the much expanded exhibitionary complex it encompasses. As a place-changing vehicle for city life, art tourism also needs separate forms of data collection to assist in its effective planning and design. Museums that have historically catered for local art publics now need to relate increasingly to growing touring art publics. The article sets out the historical and contemporary significance of art tourism in order to identify the breadth of a new tourism agenda, as well as its connections to other disciplines including art, architecture, social anthropology, cultural economy, urban studies, museology, aesthetics and the sociology and geography of art.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:129932
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-12-21
Last Modified:2019-05-03

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