Maori-based tourism in Rotorua : perceptions of place by domestic visitors

Ryan, Chris A. & Pike, Steven D. (2003) Maori-based tourism in Rotorua : perceptions of place by domestic visitors. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 11(4), pp. 307-321.

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This paper reports findings from a survey of 763 Auckland residents. The research examined attitudes toward Rotorua as a short break destination with specific reference to the role that Maori culture plays in the formation of perceptions of Rotorua. The Te Arawa Maori people have been closely associated with tourism for over 140 years and this is recognized by the domestic market. However, the Maori component of Rotorua is found not to be an attraction. Rather tourists are drawn to other facets of the product. While this is evidence for the fact that Rotorua is a multi-use product in tourism, given the role that travel is supposed to play in bridging gaps between cultures, tourism seems to be failing in this respect. It is suggested that an emphasis upon ‘traditional authenticities’ aimed at certain overseas segments misses the contemporary vibrant nature of Maori music and dance performance that might in fact have a wider appeal, including the domestic tourism market.

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ID Code: 6350
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Indigenous tourism, New Zealand, Maori tourism
DOI: 10.1080/09669580308667209
ISSN: 0966-9582
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Multilingual Matters/ Channel view publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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