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

Authors

  • Yaniv Poria Department 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: yporia@som.bgu.ac.il
  • Jeremy Beal Hospitality and Tourism Management, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA
  • Arie Reichel Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Be’er-Sheva, Israel 8410501

Keywords:

theme-park; obesity

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.

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Published

2020-03-01

How to Cite

Poria, Y., Beal, J., & 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. Retrieved from https://ejtr.vumk.eu/index.php/about/article/view/414