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Multisensory prosumption: how cooking classes shape perceptions of destinations

Multisensory prosumption: how cooking classes shape perceptions of destinations

Aksenova, Diana, Cai, Wenjie ORCID: 0000-0002-1505-7240 and Gebbels, Maria ORCID: 0000-0001-9623-2655 (2022) Multisensory prosumption: how cooking classes shape perceptions of destinations. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. ISSN 0959-6119 (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-09-2021-1117)

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Abstract

Purpose
This study aims to examine the multisensory experiences of participating in a cooking class and how they shape perceptions of destinations in the pre-trip stage. Performance theory and prosumption provide a theoretical lens to investigate how a cooking class influences the pre-trip destination sensescape.
Design
This study employed Participatory Action Research consisting of an immersive Tatarstan cooking class experience with the supporting materials of music and videos, focus group discussions, and participant observations.
Findings
Cooking class participants prosume local culture and (re)construct the perceptions of Tatarstan by partaking in cooking classes through a multisensory experience. The pre-trip destination sensescape formation in the cooking class is dynamic, stimulating, and memorable. With active engagement in co-creating in the process, such experience significantly strengthens and reshapes the perceptions of a destination.
Originality
This study revealed that participation in cooking classes involves active, embodied, and multisensory engagement, which acts as a vehicle of the destination perception change.
Theoretical Implications
This study theorises a cooking class as an experience of multisensory prosumption. In addition, this study contributes to a new understanding of how destinations are perceived through forming the pre-trip destination sensescape.
Practical Implications
Cooking classes can be leveraged in pre-trip marketing as a tool to enhance the competitiveness of tourism destinations and contribute to accessible tourism, such as engaging visually impaired tourists’ other heightened senses in experience design and marketing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: prosumption; Tatarstan; cooking class; performance theory; multisensory; sensescape
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 08:31
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/35668

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