Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32684
Title: Phantasmal destination. A post-modernist perspective
Authors: Gao, BW
Hanqin Qiu, Z 
L'Espoir Decosta, P
Keywords: Human geography
Image
Phantasmal destination
Post-modernism
Shangri-La
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Source: Annals of Tourism Research, 2012, v. 39, no. 1, p. 197-220 How to cite?
Journal: Annals of Tourism Research 
Abstract: The research outlined in this paper began as a study to explore the meaning attached to the creation of a new type of destination from a postmodernist perspective. The concept of the "phantasmal destination" was derived from the observation of several destinations favored by tourists primarily because of a myth associated with them, generally with no basis in historical reality. Shangri-La in Yunnan, China, was selected for this investigation due to its unique qualities containing all of the elements of this tourism phenomenon. This qualitative study applied the Grounded Theory Method, and uncovered other issues related to the perception of "other," the effect images created by the media, and commercial considerations on development decisions leading to the distortion of cultures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32684
ISSN: 0160-7383
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2011.06.003
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