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dc.contributor.authorEbejer, John-
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Andrew-
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Nancy-
dc.contributor.authorMaitland, Robert-
dc.identifier.citationEbejer, J., Smith, A., Stevenson, N. & Maitland, R. (2019). The tourist experience of heritage urban spaces: Valletta as a case study. Tourism Planning & Development, DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2019.1683886.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThis article provides an understanding of how tourists experience heritage urban spaces by investigating features that influence tourist experiences most. It is framed within urban design literature which refers to three elements of urban space namely physical setting (or form), activity, and meaning. These elements are used to explore how urban spaces are experienced by tourists. Its findings are derived from an in-depth qualitative analysis of interviews with tourists to Valletta, Malta. The research suggests that the intrinsic qualities of the space are relevant to the tourist experience but what is even more relevant are the interactions of the tourist with different elements within that space, namely interactions with surroundings, interactions with others, and interactions with self/meaning. Within this broad conceptual model, the research identifies important sub-themes. Some of these reinforce the findings of existing work on tourist experiences, but others are often under-estimated or neglected.en_GB
dc.subjectCultural property -- Protection -- Malta -- Vallettaen_GB
dc.subjectCity planning -- Malta -- Vallettaen_GB
dc.subjectHeritage tourism -- Malta -- Valletta -- Case studiesen_GB
dc.subjectTourism -- Research -- Malta -- Valletta -- Case studiesen_GB
dc.subjectTourists -- Attitudes -- Malta -- Valletta -- Case studiesen_GB
dc.titleThe tourist experience of heritage urban spaces : Valletta as a case studyen_GB
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dc.publication.titleTourism Planning & Developmenten_GB
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