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Constructing the "Cinematic Tourist": The Sign Industry of The Lord of the Rings

Tzanelli, R (2004) Constructing the "Cinematic Tourist": The Sign Industry of The Lord of the Rings. Tourist Studies, 4 (1). 21 - 42 . ISSN 1468-7976


The article examines the relationship between the culture (film) and tourist industries, suggesting that we reconsider the validity of their analytical differentiation. Contextually, it focuses on the generation of a new tourist industry in New Zealand after the global success of the cinematic ‘trilogy’ The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) (dir. Peter Jackson). It is argued that the LOTR tourist industry is characterized by simulation of a fantasy to such an extent, that we must reconsider the notion of ‘authenticity’ to examine this film-induced type of tourism. More insight is gained in this direction when we explore reactions of film viewers, and the way that commercial tourist providers use the films in the manufacturing of the tourist experience. The article also explores the response this global success instigated in New Zealand, making some observations on the relationship between cultural appropriation in tourist consumption, and cultural self-recognition.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 12:16
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 16:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468797604053077
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1468797604053077
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43402

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