Catering for yourself: Food experiences of self-catering tourists

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    The self-catering aspects of tourism-related food consumption have not been given much research attention so far, and hence the purpose of this article is to expand our understanding of self-catering tourists’ food experiences. Tourists’ food relations are argued to be influenced by several forces: the multi-faceted nature of the individual tourist’s demands, the group dynamics within the travelling unit and the place-specific context of the tourism activity. Qualitative interviews with a diverse group of self-catering tourists enable an explorative discussion of food experiences of self-catering tourists. The analysis demonstrates that food has an experiential potential for a broad cross-section of self-catering tourists, but also that food is considered a non-experiences by some. Tourists’ relations to food is often a combination of two or more experiences, and may equally be concerned with the consumer object (pleasure and health) and the consumer context (social bonding and sense of place).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTourist Studies
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)316-333
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


    • food experiences
    • self-catering holidays
    • pleasure
    • health
    • sense of place
    • togetherness
    • convenience


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