Making Sense of Tourism: 1 The Beckoning Horizon by Alan MachinMaking Sense of Tourism: 1 The Beckoning Horizon by Alan Machin

Making Sense of Tourism: 1 The Beckoning Horizon

byAlan Machin

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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Tourism is big business, worldwide. Most people regard it as a purely leisure industry. Some have criticised it as a pastime for the rich at the expense of the poor.  They have called it a self-indulgent way of life replacing the ‘real’ industrial worlds of farms and factories. Yet tourism was actually used to create the commercial and industrial revolutions. Today, it has the potential to bring about international understanding and peaceful progress.

This book is the first of a planned series of three.  It reassesses the history of tourism and reveals its relationship with the mass media and education. Tourism can bring about a better understanding of the world through its unique potential: to see the world for ourselves, rather than as others see it. And it does so by having fun.

Alan Machin brings a wide range of experiences to the task of ‘making sense of tourism’. His working life ranged from marketing Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museum to urban regeneration with Calderdale Council, West Yorkshire.  He was a senior executive for  a leading design company in Leeds. His career rounded out by  teaching tourism management at what is now Leeds Beckett University.  After retirement in 2009 he began to plan the Making Sense of Tourism series.

Alan Machin taught geography and history in a Staffordshire secondary school before taking a degree in the subjects at the University of Swansea. After five years as a member of the University staff he became Head of Interpretation and Marketing at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, in 1973. From there, he moved (1978) to the post of Tourism...
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Title:Making Sense of Tourism: 1 The Beckoning HorizonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:412 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 0.84 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Westwood StartLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Better Than Before 3 Tourism and Learning: Grounded in Theory 4 Showcases: Tourism's Special Mass Medium 5 The Ancient World 6 The Christian Journey 7 From Grand Tours to Gap Years 8 Growing Needs: Formal Education 9 Health and the Social Round 10 Exploring a Sense of Identity 11 The Noble Prospect 12 Urban Showcase 13 Culture on Show 14 The Power to Change 15 Wish You Were Here 16 1851: The Exhibition of All Nations 17 Tourism's Coming of Age Bibliography Index

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From the Journal of Tourism Futures, Vol 3, Issue 1The Beckoning Horizon is the first in a series of three books. This one covers the period from the ancient world through to The Great Exhibition of 1851. The final chapter, “Tourism’s Coming of Age”, provides a link into the next book covering the period 1851-1941, with the final book focussing on the post-Second World War period.The book is the work of a serious, passionate scholar with lots to say. That is clear in the historical vignettes, close scholarship and also in-largely successful attempts to compare across historical periods. It is also clear in his optimistic sense of human potential linked to the growth of tourism historically (notwithstanding his major concerns over the excesses of the modern industry).It is a mine of ideas and insights rooted in a detailed knowledge of the history of tourism and the lenses through which academics have been trying to make sense of tourism, past and present.As a history, the book is excellent, albeit unconventional. Machin draws on some of the histories already out there – material he is clearly at home with, not just in terms of detail, but also in terms of the sense of history and grasp of historical change. His innovation is to reflect upon tourism’s role in education, and on the light it sheds upon themes in today’s tourism studies.His allusions to tourism as a type of informal education – a theme through the whole book – is an idea I have tended to resist. Today it seems to go with a certain anti-intellectualism that views “experiential learning” through “being there” as superior to being well read, the latter reduced to being “book smart”. Yet Machin’s balanced and interesting ideas, rooted in historical fact and vignette go some way to convincing even sceptics like me of the educational potential of travel.Machin has ventured to try something different: to write a history of tourism that doubles up as a reflection upon education and contemporary tourism studies. In some respect the book can be read as a series of connected essays that try to look closely at history to consider tourism’s relationship to education and what it reveals about how tourism is analysed today.It is an excellent book, and I look forward to the next two that together will complete a noteworthy project.Jim Butcher, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK