Practices of literary tourism : an Australian case study

Carson, Susan J., Hawkes, Lesley, Gislason, Kari, & Martin, Samuel (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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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.


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


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: 76456
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Literary Tourism, Brisbane, Cultural Trails
ISSN: 1750-6182
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2014 00:11
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2014 03:56

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