Tourism exists both to create and satisfy the desires of individuals for unique and meaningful experiences. Thus, understanding the nature of the tourist experience is crucial for understanding tourism.
At Wageningen University & Research, tourism experiences are investigated from a psychological and phenomenological perspective, with a key focus on therapeutic (associated with health and healing) and wildlife experiences. In terms of the former, WUR researchers have focused on the embodied and affective nature of experiences involving moving together. In terms of the latter, the importance and efficacy of interpretation during guided activities, such as wildlife viewing tours, and the role of emotions in conservation intentions, has been explored.
Walking together: the embodied and mobile production of a therapeutic landscape, K Doughty Health & place 24, p. 140-146