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Title: Commemorative events at destination memorials–a dark (heritage) tourism context
Authors: Dimitrovski, Darko
Senic V.
Marić D.
Marinković, Veljko
Journal: International Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue Date: 14-Sep-2017
Abstract: © 2017 Darko Dimitrovski, Vladimir Senić, Dražen Marić and Veljko Marinković. Published with license by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In the past, sites and events related to war and atrocities were viewed in the wider context of heritage tourism. The term ‘dark’ was added with the aim of recognising heritage sites closely related to death and suffering. Given that commemorative events as part of dark heritage are not prevalent in heritage and tourism literature, there is a need to understand the behaviour of visitors involved in visiting these sites or attending this type of event, which presents a special challenge. Public commemorations, especially those that mark particularly disturbing occurrences, such as ‘The Great School Hour’–an event which is presented in the artistic form of a ‘school class’–are unique form of tourist activity that has not been thoroughly investigated previously. Thus, the aim of the study is to explore the influence of the main motivators on revisit intention and willingness to recommend for those who attended the commemorative event ‘The Great School Hour’ in Kragujevac, Serbia, with a particular focus on younger people. The results suggest that learning, emotional response and uniqueness have a significant positive effect on revisit intention, while emotional response and uniqueness have a significant positive effect on willingness to recommend.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1317645
ISSN: 13527258
SCOPUS: 85017590690
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Economics, Kragujevac
Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism, Vrnjačka Banja

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