Organic community tourism : a cocreated approach

Hamilton, Kathy and Alexander, Matthew (2013) Organic community tourism : a cocreated approach. Annals of Tourism Research, 42. 169–190. ISSN 0160-7383 (

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This research explores the community role in the regeneration of social places for local tourism promotion in Scotland. We focus on the regeneration of railway stations by drawing on a recent example of community engagement called ‘Adopt a Station.’ We use ethnographic research and highlight six key themes: roots, commitment, gateway, heritage, aesthetics and benefits. Many studies on tourism planning reach pessimistic conclusions with regards to the opportunities and capabilities of local residents to make valid and worthwhile contributions to the tourism process. In contrast we highlight the potential for co-creation when communities are offered opportunities for involvement in a place meaning creation process.