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 experiences involving sound and wildlife experiences. In terms of the former, WUR researchers have focused on the embodied and affective nature of experiences involving music. 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.
Influence of interpretation on conservation intentions of whale touristsTourism Management 42 (2014). - ISSN 0261-5177 - p. 123 - 131.
The ethical potential of sound in public space: migrant pan flute music and its potential to create moments of conviviality in a 'failed' public squareEmotion, Space and Society 20 (2016). - ISSN 1755-4586 - p. 58 - 67.