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A guide to different types of theory/models

You are being asked to make a theoretical contribution and to find theoretical research gaps. This can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know what can be considered as a theory and what not. This guide will point you in the right direction.   What is a theory? A supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained (Oxford Dictionary, 2016). Example: Darwin’s theory of evolution.   A theory can also be a set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based (Oxford Dictionary, 2016)....

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[Infographic] The effects of anthropomorphic tourism brands on Facebook fan pages

Social media platforms and their associated user-generated content are of increasing significance to the perception of tourism brands amongst consumers. Online fan pages offer a unique opportunity for tourism managers to effect positive engagements between their brand and consumer base. By viewing these online environments in relation to Social Response Theory, this study discerns the impact of brand fan pages with human-like attributes, suggesting that anthropomorphic cues positively influence user engagement. Using PLS-SEM analysis, the study empirically tests a theoretically developed higher-order construct of these anthropomorphic Fan Page Cues, composed of three first-order factors: social interactive value, visual appearance...

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[Infographic] From leisure to tourism

Understanding the conditions and motivators of shifts in cultural trends is crucial for those managing and promoting the consumption of tourist activities. This research paper explores the recent popular surge of interest in BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism) and develops a model that explains how ‘deviant’ activities move from the margins to the mainstream. 

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Translating for tourism: accuracy or effectiveness?

This paper argues that for translation to enhance the tourist experience literal accuracy is not enough and translations should be culturally sensitive to their target readers. Using the example of museum websites as a form of purposive tourism information designed to both inform and attract potential visitors, this paper analyses websites of museums in the UK and China.

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