Film-Induced Tourism Author: Sue Beeton

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17 May 2005
Aspects of Tourism
Channel View Publications
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Key features

- One of the first book-length studies of film tourism

- Draws on sociology, destination marketing, community development and strategic planning

- Covers an international range of destinations and a diverse range of film styles


Film-induced tourism has the potential to revitalise flagging regional/rural communities and increase tourism to urban centres, however it carries with it its own unique problems. This publication explores such elements, delving into the disciplines of sociology and psychology, along with the fields of destination marketing, community development and strategic planning.


This is a richly detailed and thoroughly interesting analysis of the complex interconnections between tourism, the film industry and filmic images. I found it really worth reading and think it will develop new research in these fascinating areas.

- Prof. John Urry, Lancaster University

This book is an easily accessible examination and analysis of the role of film derived images and the link with tourist perception of place. Subsequently, in a series of global case studies, Dr Beeton examines the impact of films upon tourism demand, local communities and the development of specific tourism products such as and specific re-enactments of filmed fantasy. Personal comment lightens the work to create an interesting tour de force.

- Prof. Chris Ryan, University of Waikato

In an area of tourism where research is piecemeal, Sue Beeton has written the first definitive work about film-induced tourism. Widening the scope from mere movies, she addresses the inducing affect of many forms of visual media by first describing and defining the phenomenon and then providing many ideas and case studies for people wishing to take advantage of film-induced tourism. She highlights the practices and pitfalls that accompany the rush of people visual media locations. For people professor (students) and practitioners wishing to understand film-induced tourism, Beeton’s book should be their first stop.

- Roger Riley, Associate Professor, Winona State University.

This is an interesting and valuable text that outlines and analyses the role of film-induced tourism within destinations and communities. The book is well structured and follows a logical format. This text is a valuable addition to the literature and does fill an identifiable gap in the market.

- Tourism Management 27 (2006) - Anna Leask, Napier University

This book provides the first comprehensive discussion of the intersection between film and tourism. Beeton has successfully pulled together the scattered literature on the subject and provided interesting examples, both of which are valuable contributions.

- Annals of Tourism Research, 33:1 - Kathleen L. Andereck, Arizona State University

Since New Zealand became the film set for Lord of the Rings, movie-based holiday packages have begun popping up all over the world. Sue Beeton’s analysis is for industry bods and film buffs wanting to dig deeper into this fascinating trend. As a lecturer in tourism, Beeton has her finger on the industry’s pulse. Her detailed account of the relationship between travel and film includes destination marketing and community development aspects of this new branch of tourism.

- Traveltalk Magazine, December/Summer 2005 Issue Number TT500/011

Author Biography:

Dr. Sue Beeton is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at La Trobe University, Australia.  She has been studying film-induced tourism since 1998 and co-convened the first International Tourism and Media Conference in Australia in 2004. She is also Associate Editor of the Film/Literary Tourism division for the forthcoming Journal of Leisure, Lifestyle and Tourism Research.  Sue’s research has also included community development, marketing and ecotourism.

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General, Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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