Reworking Student Understanding of Tourism Mobility: Experiences of Migration and Exchange on a Field Trip

Carl Cater, Tiffany Low, Ian Keirle

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Abstract

This paper examines experiences of tourism students engaged in a learning activity based on a visit to a migrant centre on the outskirts of Valetta, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta. This exercise aims to problematise students’ understanding of mobility and exchange in the tourism context. Malta has been subject to proportionally significant numbers of arrivals of asylum seekers since accession in 2004. Student reflections are examined through a focus group methodology and material from reflective journals, reporting discomfort but valuable learning outcomes, particularly in the degree of caring about others forced into alternative forms of mobility. Whilst an uncomfortable visit for many students, we have found this a useful discussion exercise against a backdrop of increasing migration controls, and an important contrast in relation to unfettered tourist mobility. We also highlight the importance of exchanges between students, teachers, hosts and others in alternative economic and educational discourse
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-613
Number of pages14
JournalTourism Planning and Development
Volume15
Issue number5
Early online date28 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03 Sept 2018

Keywords

  • Contextual education
  • Malta
  • exchange
  • migration
  • mobility
  • reflective journals

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