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The joy of riding or walk of shame?
The theme park experience of obese people

Yaniv Poria1*, Jeremy Beal2 and Arie Reichel3

        
1Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Be’er-Sheva, Israel 8410501. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2Hospitality and Tourism Management, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA
3Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Be’er-Sheva, Israel 8410501
*Corresponding author
   
Abstract
  
This exploratory study focuses on obese people’s perceptions of their theme park experience. Given this study’s objective and the gap in the literature on obese people’s tourist experience, a qualitative research approach was adopted. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted. Participants revealed that their theme park experiences included a strong sense of humiliation. This is clearly associated with the interaction between their body, the physical environment and most importantly the human environment. Managerial implications are suggested.
 
Keywords: theme-park; obesity
 
CitationPoria, Y., Beal, J. and Reichel, A. (2020). The joy of riding or walk of shame? The theme park experience of obese people. European Journal of Tourism Research 24, 2412.
  
 
European Journal of Тourism Research