This year's conference focuses very much on tourists - on their behaviour and on the way in which they access tourism. The first part of the unit examines such issues as losing control, taking risk and using space. The second part looks at the social and political factors that shape access to tourism.
Papers within this strand explore the centrality of visual experience and how other senses inform the tourist experience: the tourist gaze, semiotics and authenticity.
Papers within this strand explore how the tourist's background shapes the tourism experience, such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
Papers within this strand explore a variety of issues associated with risk-taking, such as terrorism, adventure, liminality, dark tourism and sex tourism.
Papers within this strand explore how demographic variables such as age and disability influence access to tourism.