Tourism in Society Report (Field Trip Observations)

Tourism in Society Report (Field Trip Observations)
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This a Report based on a field trip at Sydney City: Circular Quay and the Rocks. I have attached the learning guide and also a field trip guidelines. it highlighted in Yellow. Please include 12 ACADEMIC references and you can use some of the references provided in the learning guide
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101598: Tourism in Society
Field Trip Guidelines
Please note these guidelines should be read alongside the information provided in the Learning Guide about Assessment 2.
Planning your field trip
Students are to choose from one of the following real or virtual field trip locations, which are to be ‘visited’ in week 10:
1. The Blue Mountains (real)
2. Sydney City: Circular Quay and the Rocks (real)
3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (virtual)
Once you have decided which site you intend to tour you will need to develop a plan for your site ‘visit’ so that you can get the most out of your observations. Remember the final goal is to be able to develop a report around your observations, so they will need to be as extensive and detailed as possible. You will be asked to advise your tutor whether you are undertaking a real or virtual field trip and to discuss your proposed field trip itinerary in the week 8 tutorials.
In developing your field trip itinerary or plan, you need to consider the following:
1. What resources will help you get a better understanding of the destination and how it is approached by tourists (e.g. guide books, brochures, websites, documentaries, advertisements, postcards, souvenirs, maps etc).
2. Which attractions at the destination are most popular? (i.e. where should I visit and what will I need to look at to enable the most fruitful observations)
3. If you’re undertaking a virtual field trip, what resources will you need to be able to virtually visit the site (and come away with an experience equivalent to making a real visit to the destination)?
4. What day and/or time of day is going to enable the best observations?
5. How are you going to get there and how much time will you need? Keep in mind it is anticipated that the field trip observations will take a minimum of 2 hours.
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6. How will you best record your observations (e.g. photos, notes, video)? In considering this final point, please bear in mind that any observations that you make should be as unobtrusive as possible. So, if you take photos/video please respect others’ rights to privacy and try to avoid taking photos of individuals without their permission (scenic shots which include people/crowd shots are okay).
These resources may act as useful starting points in planning and/or implementing your field observations. They are by no means an exhaustive list and other media resources (e.g. travel shows, travel documentaries, travel magazines and guide books) can be obtained from the library and online.
The Blue Mountains
http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/
http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/blue-mountains
http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/
Sydney City: Circular Quay and the Rocks
http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-city/circular-quay
http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-city/the-rocks
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/places-to-go
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/uluru/index.html
http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/
http://www.travelnt.com/uluru-and-surrounds.aspx
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/northern-territory/uluru-kata-tjuta-national-park
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Once on site
Once you are at your chosen destination you should consider the following:
1. What are the key sites/attractions?
2. What are those sites/attractions comprised of?
3. How do tourists interact with those sites/attractions? (i.e. what tourist behaviour can you observe?)
4. What signage surrounds the site/attraction?
5. What facilities exist for tourists?
6. How are tourists encouraged to view/experience the site/attraction?
7. What impressions are you left with as a tourist.
You then need to consider what these and any other observations you make (as well as the field trip preparatory research you did) tells you about at least 3 of the following:
1. How the destination has been constructed (socio-culturally) as a tourism attraction.
2. How the tourist gaze operates within the destination and what effect it has.
3. How the destination is situated within the tourist imaginary.
4. Whether there is any evidence of sustainable tourism operations within the destination and what the implications of this are.
5. Whether there is any evidence of cultural commodification within the destination and what impact this seems to have.
6. Whether there is any evidence of alternative tourism within the destination and if so, who this appears to be targeted at.
7. What tourism impacts (if any) are evident within the destination and what the implications of this are for the destination.
Please bear in mind that while you may have visited some of these destinations previously (either for personal reasons or as part of your studies), you do need to be looking at them in very specific ways for this task. So don’t expect to be able to rely on memory or your notes from other field trips. The point of this field trip is to look at and analyse the site from the perspective of Tourism in Society.
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Examples
To get you started I have provided some examples (see below) of some brief observations that I have made at or near various international tourism destinations. Each of the following examples relates to markers and the tourist gaze (so just one aspect of what you might look out during your own field trips). Given the length of the report that you are expected to develop you would need to ensure that if you take photographs like these for inclusion in your report that you also have detailed observations (more detailed than those noted below) to accompany them. These should, in turn, be analysed with reference to the theories/concepts covered in class throughout the semester.
1) Tourist signs
Signs like this are functional in that they provide directions, but they can also assist in identifying places of interest or marking a particular destination as significant.
Other signs provide information about destinations/attractions. They can be understood as markers and in some cases shape the tourist gaze in particular ways.
TIP: Think about how the signs you see in site are designed to shape tourist behaviour. Take note of the form they take, where they are positioned and how tourists respond to them.
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2) The tourist gaze: lookouts and viewing points
Lookout points, cable cars and even walkways influence how tourists see (and photograph) a site (or particular parts of a site). They ensure that there is consistency in the viewing that takes place at a destination and often they frame a destination in particular ways.
TIP: Think about the types of views that are constructed for the site of your field trip. Take note of the photos that people are taking or that they are encouraged to take.

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