Engaging with a healthy tourism “offer”: strategies to improve place perceptions.

Hemingway, A. and Curtin, S. C., 2017. Engaging with a healthy tourism “offer”: strategies to improve place perceptions. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes. (In Press)

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The purpose of this paper is to explore how engagement with a healthy tourism “offer” could improve place perceptions through the development of collaborative strategies to promote a wellbeing destination. Design/methodology/approach – This paper takes a constructivist grounded theory approach drawing on semi-structured interviews conducted with local members of council from public health and tourism teams, in a seaside town in the South of England. Findings – Study findings indicate that the historical roots of the town’s creation have a bearing on current planning challenges and strategies. Findings confirm that collaborative strategies to engage with a healthy tourism “offer” will improve place perceptions and promote a wellbeing destination. Implications The paper concludes that strategies to engage with a healthy tourism offer include interventions to curb alcohol consumption, regenerate areas, and promote eudaimonic wellbeing – which could ultimately improve place perceptions. Originality/value - This paper proposes that the development of a strategic alliances bridged through the construct of wellbeing could improve place perceptions and promote a wellbeing destination. Keywords Public health, tourism, wellbeing, grounded theory, place, south of England

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1755-4217
Uncontrolled Keywords:public health ; tourism ; wellbeing ; grounded theory ; place
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:29529
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Jul 2017 09:28
Last Modified:26 Jul 2017 09:28

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