Tourist Behaviour
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Tourist Behaviour

The Essential Companion

Edited by Philip L. Pearce

Comprehensive and accessible, this Companion offers a thorough investigation into both traditional and fresh topics in tourist behaviour and experience. Arranged chronologically, the chapters examine tourist experience from the very idea of a tourist visit to the aftermath of returning home.
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Chapter 15: Behaving badly

Philip L. Pearce


What tourists do may be destructive, unsafe, intrusive and unsustainable. Such behaviours typically induce negative outcomes for tourists themselves, and for those with whom they interact. By balancing the presentation of these behaviours with a rich understanding of how to interpret and manage such acts, the chapter offers not only a catalogue of troublesome behaviours but directions for ways to further study and manage the consequences of bad behaviour. The conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the approach lie in considering such topics as habits, attribution and cultural contexts. Standard and existing techniques of providing advisory information and advice have modest power and appear to work only at those times and for those people whose behaviour is rational and not time dependent. It is proposed that future work should be oriented towards improved setting design and sustainable default systems as well as attacking the justifications which dismiss irresponsible acts.

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