Whose body is welcome in paradise?

CAUTHE and Griffith University
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Conference Proceeding
Tourism and Hospitality Research, Training and Practice: 'Where the `bloody hell' are we?' Proceedings of the 18th Annual Council for the Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education, CAUTHE, Conference, 2008, pp. 1 - 18
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Tourists experience not only their own body but also other tourists bodies in the tourist experience. This paper explores which bodies from Western developed countries are legitimate to be studied by tourism researchers and which bodies are welcomed by the tourism industry (and destination governments) Exclusion can occur through non-participation or indirectly through forms of 'Othering' of tourist participants. The tourism industry in its product/service and promotion has neglected certain groups of tourists, but so too have tourism scholars and researchers. We ask, whose narratives are absent in the discussion and provision of the tourist experience? Specifically, we call attention to some such `excluded groups: persons who are lesbian, who have non-mobility disabilities, are overweight/obese, are dressed `inappropriately, are unemployed / minimum wage earners and are older senior people. These are the others who have not been researched as the 'Other'. Such omissions raise important questions about ethics and how we conceptualise 'Tourism'.
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