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Title: The “genius loci” of places that experience intense tourism development
Authors: Christou, Prokopis A. 
Farmaki, Anna 
Saveriades, Alexis 
Spanou-Tripinioti, Elena 
Keywords: Cyprus;Genius loci;Sustainable tourism;Tourist experience;Tourism development
Category: Economics and Business
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: Apr-2019
Source: Tourism Management Perspectives, 2019, Volume 30, Pages 19-32
Journal: Tourism Management Perspectives 
Abstract: In classical Rome, the icon of a snake was used to depict the protection of place identity. This genius loci helped identify the quintessential elements of a place. The present study explores the extent to which places experiencing significant tourism development have lost their genius loci. Findings are derived from a comparative appraisal of archival and current landscape photographs, supported by an exploratory study at a particular setting. The fieldwork reveals that tourism activity is predominantly accountable for changes in a place's genius loci and that certain sites seem to possess attributes that retain that “genius”. Points of reference are identified so that destinations can regain their lost genius loci.
ISSN: 2211-9736
DOI: 10.1016/j.tmp.2019.01.002
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
Type: Article
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