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Practices of Literary Tourism : an Australian Case Study

Hawkes, Lesley, Carson, Susan J., Gislason, Kari, & Martin, Samuel James Louis (2013) Practices of Literary Tourism : an Australian Case Study. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 7(1), pp. 42-50.

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Purpose: To present the results of tests for the development of literary trails for domestic visitors and tourists in Brisbane, Queensland, and to situate these findings in the context of recent state government policy changes in relation to culture, community engagement and the environment.

Design: Broadly cultural studies: the article analyses changes in international and national cultural tourism and Queensland based issues before presenting the research findings.

Findings: a gap in tourist and cultural development models exists for the implementation of a network of sustainable literary trails in Brisbane--this model can be extended to regions around the state to meet the demands of the new tourist.

Limitations: Queensland weather and Australian distance which will require a regional approach that networks with transport and community hubs.

Practical implications: the research has produced new software for the use of self-guided walks; the locations for two specific area trails; and the involvement of the State Library of Queensland as a “hub” for the trails. Substantial support exists for further development in advanced locative media and gaming.

Social implications: the research demonstrates the importance of developing a sense of place that relates to culture, literary history and community for tourists, as well as the potential for community engagement.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 53989
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Emerald Group Publishing EarlyCite Article
Keywords: tourism, literary, brisbane, culture, trails
DOI: 10.1108/17506181311301345
ISSN: 1750-6182
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 20:10

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