A framework of tourist attraction research

Alan A. Lew

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Although tourist attractions are fundamental to the very existence of tourism, there have been few attemps to come to terms with the breadth of approaches that have been employed in their study. An examination of research methods used in the study of tourist attractions and the tourist attractiveness of places reveals that most studies can be classified into one or more of three general perspectives: the ideographic listing, the organization, and the tourist cognition of attractions. Each of these perspectives shares a distinct set of questions concerning the nature of the attractions, as expressed through the typologies used in their evaluation. At the same time, all three perspectives make comparisons based on the historical, locational, and various valuational aspects of attractions. This framework can be applied in the comparison and evaluation of tourist attraction related research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-575
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


  • research evaluation
  • research methods
  • tourist attraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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