, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 338–341 | Cite as

Tourism, Development, and Media

  • Eileen R. MeehanEmail author
Symposium: Touring the world


Tourism has long figured in municipal and state-wide plans for economic development and revitalization. Such plans often articulate themes subsequently used to organize tours, advertising campaigns, and merchandising. In the 1990s, some residents of Roswell, New Mexico, tried to build tourism using typical southwestern themes. Others capitalized on Roswell’s unique association with an alleged crash of an extraterrestrial craft. Early support from the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) facilitated the success of Roswell’s UFO-based tourism. In 2007, NMTD launched its own alien-based advertising campaign promoting New Mexico as a tourist destination.


Tourism Development Media Tourist Roswell Aliens 

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radio and Television-SIUCSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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