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Media Convergence: Tourist Attractions in the Making

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Abstract:

In the circuits of culture there are a multitude of representations in circulation. These representations are derived from a range of media products such as guidebooks and tourist brochures. Furthermore, these media products and representations continuously converge with each other. The question, then, is what representations are contained within these converged media products. This article, therefore, aims to explore representations in a range of media products associated with a tourist attraction. The selected site is rosslyn Chapel outside of Edinburgh, known from The Da Vinci Code. The empirical material is analyzed using, first, a content analysis and, second, a narrative analysis. The combined analysis shows how popular cultural media products, through media convergence, have repositioned and created new representations, with a corollary effect on tourist attractions. Thus, media convergence will have a great impact on destination marketing, attractions and tourists alike because it legitimizes what is worth visiting.

Keywords: CONVERGENCE; DESTINATION MARKETING; POPULAR CULTURAL MEDIA PRODUCTS; REPRESENTATIONS; THE DA VINCI CODE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427211X13216636845666

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • Tourism Review International is a peer-reviewed journal that advances excellence in all fields of tourism research, promotes high-level tourism knowledge, and nourishes cultural awareness in all sectors of the tourism industry by integrating industry and academic perspectives. Its international and interdisciplinary nature ensures that the needs of those interested in tourism are served by documenting industry practices, discussing tourism management and planning issues, providing a forum for primary research and critical examinations of previous research, and by chronicling changing tourism patterns and trends at the local, regional and global scale.
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