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Get into the 'Groove': Travelling Otago's Super Region.

Kohe, Geoff and Hughson, John (2010) Get into the 'Groove': Travelling Otago's Super Region. Sport in Society, 13 (10). pp. 1552-1566. ISSN 1743-0445 (electronic) 1743-0437 (paper)

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Abstract

This essay sets out the plan for Groove, a tourist experience connecting the destinations of Dunedin and Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island, Otago region. Inspiration is drawn from the inter-urban planning ideas of the English architect Will Alsop for the development of a 'super region' to maximize the public benefit from a potential, but as yet unrealized, coordinated tourism strategy. We argue the case for academics to take up an initiatory role as 'public intellectuals', in this case by promoting a tourism experience rather than merely being responsive critics to the plans proposed by government and private enterprise interest groups. Within the argument we advance a position of 'postmodern boosterism', which locates us as the 'soft drivers' of a plan involving tourism development intended for the public good. We make our proposal not so much in the expectation that it will be taken up as an actual blueprint sometime soon, but in the hope that it moves an imaginative tourism idea a little closer to the planner's table.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: tourist attractions, tourism, tourism development, Groove, New Zealand
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 09:24
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2010 09:24
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1003

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