Place representation in tourist guidebooks: an example from Singapore

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Examines place portrayals through an analysis of tourist guidebook contents. A guidebook reflects the viewpoints and interests of both its author or editor, and the market for which it is written. A content analysis of four guidebooks for Singapore shows the thematic orientation and spatial distribution of attractions and services from the perspectives of mainstream mass tourists from developed countries, the Singapore government's national tourism organization, expatriate Americans living in Singapore, and alternative youth tourists. The results of this study show a considerable similarity in the spatial structure of attractions, despite variation in the content and core area locations for different market segments. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-137
Number of pages14
JournalSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991


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  • Geography, Planning and Development

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