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Ever wondered why hotel staff turn down your bed?

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Yet another section in Erve Chambers’s Native Tours jumped out at me today (see previous entries for other examples). Chambers references (pp.106-7) the work of Graham Dann, who in 1996 “described some of the ways in which language is used to promote various kinds of tourism, as well as to regulate and control interactions between […]

Authenticity, sweet confection

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Another passage from Erve Chambers’s Native Tours (which I mentioned in Monday’s post) struck me today. I agree with Chambers’s thinking, and want to relate it to the City of Victoria’s maneuverings around heritage and tourism. But first, Chambers (I’ve added several emphases in bold): We need to ask at this point whether there are […]

authenticity, agency, tradition, community

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Just juxtaposing a few things tonight, a couple of quotes that struck me… For example… I’m still reading Erve Chambers’ book, Native Tours; The Anthropology of Travel and Tourism, and in the section on “Tourism and Culture” came across this passage (pp.96-97) about tradition and authenticity: Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger (1983) argue, for example, […]

Victoria got Binged

Monday, August 9th, 2010

A couple of days ago I came across a link for Bing Travel‘s Walking Tours in Great Cities, which features 15 great world cities. The series starts with Chicago, and for some reason I didn’t (still don’t) see a list of all the cities (nor can I find a starter page). So it wasn’t until […]

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