Handbook of Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality Management
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Handbook of Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Edited by Robin Nunkoo

As research in tourism and hospitality reaches maturity, a growing number of methodological approaches are being utilized and, in addition, this knowledge is dispersed across a wide range of journals. Consequently there is a broad and multidisciplinary community of tourism and hospitality researchers whom, at present, need to look widely for support on methods. In this volume, researchers fulfil a pressing need by clearly presenting methodological issues within tourism and hospitality research alongside particular methods and share their experiences of what works, what does not work and where challenges and innovations lie.
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Chapter 6: Existential-phenomenology: understanding tourists’ experiences

Sandhiya Goolaup and Cecilia Solér


This chapter provides guidance for tourism researchers on how to conduct phenomenological research. Phenomenology is a suitable method to address and understand tourists’ experience. The chapter contests the phenomenological distinction between Husserlian and Heideggerian that has primarily been made in tourism research, and instead suggests a merger between these two, known as existential-phenomenology. It starts by providing an overview of the origins of the phenomenological method as well as the different phenomenological approaches used in tourism research. Emphasis is also put on how existential-phenomenological interviews are conducted and how the data can be interpreted. The chapter ends by using an illustrative case to show how the existential-phenomenological approach adds value to prior knowledge by focusing on variations in individual meanings of the phenomenon under study.

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