What makes a memorable theme park experience? New research led by UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Assistant Professor Wei Wei looks at how visitor experience is influenced by the 'tourist gaze'—the consumption of visual experiences, as well as other services, in a tourism destination. With important implications for theme park operators and managers, the study focuses on visitors' visual interactions with fellow visitors and finds they have a significant impact on visitors' emotions and the quality of their overall experience.
Zheng, Y., Wei, W., Line, N., & Zhang, L. (2021). Integrating the tourist gaze with the social servicescape: Implications for creating memorable theme park experiences. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 93, 102782. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2020.102782
Wei, Wei; Zheng, Yanyan; Line, Nathaniel; and Zhang, Lu
"Just Looking: Tourist Gaze and the Theme Park Experience,"
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