Author : Anna Blackman, Gianna Moscardo, Andrea Schurmann & Laurie Murphy
School/Work Place : James Cook University, Australia
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Year : 2014

The concept of Quality of Life (QoL) is implicit in conceptualisations of tourism, especially those used to develop and guide tourism policy and planning. At the individual level it is assumed that travel offers a number of different ways to improve the QoL of the tourist, through contributions to physical health, stress release, learning and skills building. At the community level tourism development is typically presented as a tool to improve or enhance the QoL of destination residents. More recent analyses of the actual contributions that tourism makes to the QoL of destination communities have demonstrated both the complexity of the concept and suggested that tourism may not always make the assumed QoL contributions. Research to date on the links between travel and individual QoL has focussed mostly on describing the range of contributions, especially for younger travellers and specific forms of tourism such as volunteering, backpacking and educational tourism, often associated with youth tourists. This research does have, however, a number of issues including problems with survivor bias and a reliance on inferring the QoL contributions from descriptions of travel experiences. This paper seeks to contribute to improving our understanding of the linkages between QoL and tourism through an exploratory study of young people’s social representations of QoL in general.

By studying representations of Qol outside of the tourism context it is possible to more critically examine the role that tourism might play at both an individual and a community level. At the individual level it allows for an analysis of how important travel is, if at all, in QoL, while at the community level it provides insights into how tourism impacts could affect younger destination residents. Improving our understanding of the relationship between tourism and QoL has implications for several aspects of tourism policy and planning related to product development, choices about directions for destination development, and the provision of access to travel opportunities for citizens.

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161 Think Tank XIV Sustainable Tourism Mobility: Recommended Strategies f... file 3857 Jun 26, 2014

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160 Think Tank XIV Influence of Assets and Capital Structure on the Perfo... file 3337 Jun 26, 2014

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159 Think Tank XIV Leadership at the Nexus: Exploring the Connection betw... file 3859 Jun 26, 2014

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158 Think Tank XIV Welcoming Chinese Visitors and the Easternization of t... file 2257 Jun 26, 2014

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157 Think Tank XIV The Development of a National Tourism Research Agenda ... file 6165 Jun 26, 2014

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156 Think Tank XIV Hospitality of Sustainable Tourism Encounters: Experie... file 3382 Jun 26, 2014

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155 Think Tank XIV Sustainability and the Politics of Place in Resort Des... file 2705 Jun 26, 2014

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154 Think Tank XIV A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Sustainable Tourism... file 6496 Jun 26, 2014

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153 Think Tank XIV A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Sustainab... file 6860 Jun 26, 2014

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152 Think Tank XIV Tourism Concessions in National Parks: Neo-liberal Too... file 4298 Jun 26, 2014

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151 Think Tank XIV The Prospects for Sustainable Tourism in Vanuatu in th... file 2973 Jun 26, 2014

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150 Think Tank XIV Stakeholder Collaboration and Contestation in Tourism ... file 3081 Jun 26, 2014

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149 Think Tank XIV The Bukit Jalil Legacy: Local Residents' Perceptions o... file 5477 Jun 26, 2014

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148 Think Tank XIV Psychological Empowerment as Good Policy for Governanc... file 4930 Jun 26, 2014

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147 Think Tank XIV The Emergence of Cross-border Governance Structures: t... file 4589 Jun 26, 2014

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» Think Tank XIV Exploring Youth Perspectives on Quality of Life and To... file 2418 Jun 26, 2014

The concept of Quality of Life (QoL) is implicit in conceptualisations of tourism, especially those used to develop and guide tourism policy and planning. At the individual level it is assumed that travel offers a number of different ways to...

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145 Think Tank XI Broad Street Regeneration Initiative: Practical Sustai... file 16029 Dec 19, 2013

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144 Think Tank VIII Community Actions to Engage Local Residents in Tourism... file 7527 Dec 19, 2013

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143 Think Tank V Managing Risk and Crisis for Sustainable Tourism: Rese... file 5522 Dec 14, 2013

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