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Title: Dark tourism revisited: A supply/demand conceptualisation
Authors: Farmaki, Anna 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Economics and Business
Keywords: Cyprus;Dark tourism;Thanatourism;Tourism;Tourism development;Tourist motivations
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2013
Source: International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 2013, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 281-292
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
Start page: 281
End page: 292
Journal: International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research 
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to advance the conceptualisation of dark tourism by evaluating both the supply-side drivers for dark tourism development and the demand-side motivations for visiting two dark heritage sites in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach: An exploratory research approach was adopted whereby 12 semi-structured interviews were conducted with supply-side stakeholders and two focus groups were conducted with local and foreign visitors. Findings: Production and consumption of dark tourism is continuous and interrelated as demand appears to be supply-driven and attraction-based. Tourist interpretations of dark tourism are influenced by tourists' personal factors, the passage of "time" and the way the dark site is projected by the supply-side. A refined marketing segmentation strategy is proposed taking into consideration the purpose of visit, the relevance of the dark heritage site to the tourist and the depth of the dark element. Originality/value: The study's focus is narrow but the findings provide theoretical and practical insights into the conceptualisation dark tourism by considering supply and demand aspects and the related influencing factors. In doing so understanding of the phenomenon is enhanced.
ISSN: 1750-6182
DOI: 10.1108/IJCTHR-05-2012-0030
Rights: © Emerald
Type: Article
Collaboration : University of Central Lancashire (Cyprus) 
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