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Everyday life as a creative experience in cities

Maitland, Robert (2010) Everyday life as a creative experience in cities. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 4 (3). pp. 176-185. ISSN 1750-6182

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17506181011067574


Purpose – This paper aims to explore how overseas visitors experience off-the-beaten-track areas and everyday life in London. Design/methodology/approach – Initially scoped through quantitative research using visitor surveys involving some 400 respondents, the study was subsequently developed through qualitative research: 49 semi-structured interviews with visitors from a wide range of countries. Findings – These areas offer city visitors opportunities to create their own narratives and experiences of the city, and to build a cultural capital in a convivial relationship with other city users. At the same time, visitors contribute to the discovery of new areas for tourism - and in some sense the creation of new places to visit. Research limitations/implications – Further research in other areas of London and in other world tourism cities is needed to develop ideas discussed here. Practical implications – Subtler forms of tourism marketing are required to develop the potential of areas like those discussed in the paper. Social implications – Some tourists and residents enjoy a convivial and complementary relationship in area development. Originality/value – The paper focuses on everyday life as an element in the attraction that cities exert for tourists, and on the visitors' contribution to recreating the city.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:9349
Deposited On:19 Apr 2011 16:04
Last Modified:19 Apr 2011 16:04

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