A growing appetite for lifelong learning is being underserved by the existing tourism industry.
A major expansion of learning-based tourism will require both participants and the tourism industry to overcome a long-standing bias that recreation and education are opposite ends of the spectrum – to accept that learning can be fun.
The cultural impact of “being there” makes for a memorable learning experience of great personal value to participants, and is often just the beginning of a continued interest in a topic.
People seek experiences that are sensation-rich, alter their view of the world, or instill a sense of wonder, beauty and appreciation.
A down side to travel and learning can occur if tourists use the experience to reinforce colonialist, racial or cultural stereotypes.
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