A model for coastal tourism: the coast is all in one's mind

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Globally, coastal areas can be seen as the most popular tourist-recreational destinations. Consequently, these destinations generate major visitor flows. Furthermore, they are interpreted differently by every visitor, for example depending on lifestyles and age. These two problems, or maybe chances, are the central focus in this article. More specifically, this conceptual paper examines what the typical coastal experience consists of and in which ways the producers of the tourist-recreational coastal product can anticipate this. After explaining the principles of visitor management, as defined by Ennen, a theoretical framework is presented that tries to capture the total coastal experience. Then, two existing coastal areas are projected onto this framework. Finally, some conclusions are drawn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalTourism in Marine Environments
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • (Re)Interpretation
  • Coastal tourism
  • Visitors


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