Best after rain : waterfall discharges and the tourist experience

Hudson, Brian (2002) Best after rain : waterfall discharges and the tourist experience. Tourism Geographies, 4(4), pp. 440-456.

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Waterfalls attract tourists because they are aesthetically appealing landscape features that are not part of everyday experience. It is generally understood that falls are usually seen at their best when there is a copious flow of water, especially after heavy rain. Guidebooks often contain this observation when referring to waterfalls, sometimes warning readers that the flow may be severely reduced during dry periods. Indeed, many visitors are disappointed when they see falls at such times. Some are saddened when the discharge of a waterfall has been depleted by the abstraction of water upstream for power generation or other purposes. While, for those in search of the Sublime or merely the superlative, size is often important, small waterfalls can give great pleasure to lovers of landscape beauty. According to guidebooks, however, even these falls are usually best seen after rain. Drawing on tourist and travel literature and personal journals from the eighteenth century to the present, and with reference to examples from different parts of the world, this paper discusses the importance of discharge in the tourist experience of waterfalls.

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ID Code: 23679
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Waterfalls, Tourist attractions, Landscape aesthetics, Stream discharge
DOI: 10.1080/14616680210158164
ISSN: 1461-6688
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Impacts of Tourism (150601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (040600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:48

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