Experiences of group tourists and tour leaders with veiling in Muslim destinations

Daria Tikhonova, Gareth Butler, Sangkyun Kim

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Drawing on qualitative interviews with tour leaders and participants of Australian small group cultural tours to Muslim destinations, this paper explores the hidden ethical dilemmas and other challenges involved in offering cultural advice on Islamic dress norms and identifies a broad spectrum of Western tourists' interpretations of women's veiling. It addresses the gap in the formal study of organised group travel and highlights the crucial role played by outbound tour operators in fostering inter-cultural understanding and social cohesion inside and outside these destinations as long-term outcomes of cultural tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventCAUTHE 2019
: Sustainability of Tourism, Hospitality and Events in a Disruptive Digital Age
- Central Queensland University, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 11 Feb 201914 Feb 2019
Conference number: 29
https://cauthe.org/conference-2019/ (CAUTHE website conference page)


ConferenceCAUTHE 2019
OtherCouncil of Australasian Universities for Tourism & Hospitality Education
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  • Tourists
  • Tourism Planning
  • Culture and tourism
  • Challenges


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