Adventure and Tourism

  • Simon Beames
  • Chris Mackie
  • Matthew Atencio


After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
  • Describe the key historical factors that contributed to the development of tourism in the Global North

  • Define adventure tourism and describe some of the factors that motivate adventure tourists

  • Understand and apply the concepts of McDonaldization and Disneyization to adventure tourism and other adventure practices

  • Explain how experience, motivation, social factors, and the market interact to produce a wide range of commercial adventure experiences

  • Use a range of examples to explain the different ways in which guides and companies facilitate adventure tourism experiences

Key Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Beames
    • 1
  • Chris Mackie
    • 2
  • Matthew Atencio
    • 3
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of the Highlands and IslandsInvernessUK
  3. 3.California State University East BayHaywardUSA

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