Curtin, S. C. and Wilkes, K., 2007. Swimming with captive dolphins: current debates and post-experience dissonance. International Journal of Tourism Research, 9 (2), pp. 131-146.
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Dolphins have widespread contemporary appeal and anthropomorphic social representations of dolphins have fuelled a growing desire in tourist populations to seek interaction with them. This paper is concerned with the staged performance of swim-with-dolphin interaction programmes in aquaria. Qualitative interviews with tourists who have swum with captive dolphins identified their immediate recollections and stressed the grace, size and power of dolphins, but also a belief that the experience was too staged, too short and too expensive. Post-purchase dissonance focused on concerns with the size of enclosures and about captivity, too many tricks, limited interpretation and unfulfilled expectations of a quality interaction.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Swimming with dolphins Tourist recollections Post-purchase dissonance|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Tourism|
|Group:||School of Tourism|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||20 Apr 2007|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:35|
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