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Tourism, Culture & Communication, Vol. 18, pp. 163-175
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830418X
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E-ISSN 1943-4146
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“Yearning for the British Raj”: The Touristic Consumption of Colonial Nostalgia in India

Ranjan Bandyopadhyay* and Graham Dann†

*Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam
†University of Tromsø, Arctic University of Norway

This case study of Raj tourism is based on a postcolonial discourse of nostalgia that applies the language of tourism to the “Old Talk” of Empire when Britain once ruled the waves. Various facets of Raj tourism are semiotically explored in relation to the correspondence between motivation and promotion in order to more fully appreciate the process of understanding tourism itself. Typical areas of cultural communication that are inductively analyzed range from journalese to brochurese and include inter alia the popular press, imperial travel by train, and other forms of touring, as well as televised and film representations in such reality shows as the Marigold Hotel. In this way, the glories of the past can be better grasped as contributing to the comforting reprojection of empire on an uncertain future in a post-Brexit world.

Key words: Raj tourism; Colonial nostalgia; British Empire

Address correspondence to Ranjan Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism, Duy Tan University, 3 Quang Trung, Da Nang, Vietnam. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tourism, Culture & Communication, Vol. 18, pp. 177-189
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830418X
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How Experiences With Cultural Attractions Affect Destination Image and Destination Loyalty

Dwi Suhartanto,* Michael D. Clemes,† and Nono Wibisono*

*Department of Business Administration, Politeknik Negeri Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
†Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand

The components and consequences of cultural attraction experiences have received little attention in the extant literature. This research is designed to close this gap by empirically analyzing the effect of the cultural attraction experience on tourist satisfaction, destination image, and loyalty toward the destination. Data were gathered from 331 tourists at four traditional cultural attractions in Indonesia. The percipients were selected using purposive sampling. This research specifies that the experience quality of cultural attraction consists of four dimensions: staff service, uniqueness and learning, peace of mind, and escapism. The results of the SEM-PLS analysis demonstrate that, among the dimensions, uniqueness and learning and the escapism factors are important determinants of overall experience quality. Further, experience quality is a significant driver of tourist satisfaction, the image of the destination, and tourist loyalty towards the destination. The research model and the findings provide practitioners and academics with an improved understanding of the cultural attraction experience and its consequences.

Key words: Cultural attraction; Experience quality; Tourist satisfaction; Destination image, Destination loyalty

Address correspondence to Dwi Suhartanto, Ph.D., Department of Business Administration, Politeknik Negeri Bandung, Jl. Gegerkalong hilirCiwarugaBandung,West Java, Indonesia. Tel: +62 82117882409; E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tourism, Culture & Communication, Vol. 18, pp. 191-204
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830418X
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Food Preferences and Culture: The Influence of Nationality and Religion Among Tourists Visiting Goa

Nandakumar Mekoth and Albino Roshan Thomson

Department of Management Studies, Goa University, Goa, India

The food preferences of tourists while traveling differ from their normal food preferences. These preferences are found to vary according to culture. Culture is often identified with nationality to the extent that many a time we speak of Indian culture, American culture, British culture, etc. Culture is also many a time identified with religion. In this study an attempt is made to understand the food preference of tourists visiting Goa while being in Goa as well as while traveling in general. Food preference has been measured in terms of preference for Goan food, destination food, nonvegetarian food in Goa, and nonvegetarian food while traveling. The independent variable, culture, has been operationalized in terms of nationality (Indian vs. international) and religion. Data have been gathered from 234 tourists visiting Goa by using a structured questionnaire. Results of analysis of data revealed that the preference for Goan food for tourists visiting Goa is not as high as their general preference for destination food while traveling. There was no significant difference in preference for nonvegetarian food while being in Goa compared to the general preference for nonvegetarian food while traveling. The preference for nonvegetarianfood in Goa and the general preference for food of destination when traveling were found to depend on whether the tourist is Indian or international. The preference for Goan food and the general preference for nonvegetarian food while traveling were also differing based on Indian or international origin of tourist. Religion wise analysis revealed that although Christians had the highest Hindus had the lowest preference for Goan food. Hindus were also found to have significantly lower preference for destination food and nonvegetarian food. Muslims had the highest preference for nonvegetarian food in Goa. The article contributes practically in terms of developing menu and targeting tourists with respect to nature of tourists; Indian or international and religious affiliation. The article theoretically contributes to existing literature on food preference based on religion and culture.

Key words: Food preference; Tourist; Destination food; Culture; Religion

Address correspondence to Albino Roshan Thomson, Asst. Professor, Department of Management Studies, Goa University, Goa, India 403206. Tel: 9823842559. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tourism, Culture & Communication, Vol. 18, pp. 205-218
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830418X
15319363084481
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Political Crises and Destination Choice: An Exploratory Study of Swedish-Iranian Second-Home Buyers

Saeid Abbasian

School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Huddinge, Sweden

Political crises, which have a known impact on the choice of tourism destination, can also negatively affect the choice of second-home destination and purchase. The purpose of this study is to investigate why some Swedish-Iranian second-home buyers prefer Spain to Turkey for political reasons. More than 30 short dialogues were conducted with Swedish-Iranian buyers at the exhibition “Buying Properties Abroad” in Kista, September 2015, following the start of a series of political crises in Turkey. A simple question was asked: Why are you choosing Spain rather than Turkey? The most important category of reasons were political factors, followed by cultural reasons. Political anxiety, instability, and insecurity in Turkey, the risk of civil war, a police society, lack of democratic order, the fact that Turkey is not a member of the European Union, the government’s negative attitudes towards Kurds, and the emergence of Islamic State were the political reasons most mentioned. One conclusion that can be drawn is that political crises affect second-home tourism/tourists in the same way that they do ordinary tourism/tourists. The research has some important implications for Turkish policymakers, tourism stakeholders at a macrolevel, their competitors, especially in Spain, and potential buyers. Based on this research, some suggestions for future studies are also given.

Key words: Second homes; Political crises; Turkey; Spain; Swedish-Iranians

Address correspondence to Saeid Abbasian, Associate Professor, Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Alfred Nobels allé 7, 141 89, Huddinge, Sweden. Tel: 0046+8+608 51 25; E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it