Counter-Tourism: The Handbook

A handbook for those who want more from heritage sites than a tea shoppe and an old thing in a glass case

By Phil Smith

[Economy edition] This is the definitive guide to Counter-Tourism, except that Counter-Tourism has a low opinion of definitive guides. So it's more like an equivocal misguide. It includes dozens of detailed Counter-Tourism 'tactics' plus the thinking behind Counter-Tourism, its academic and philosophical background, and its roots in film, music and literature. It also features more than 200 colour photographs, gathered by the author in the course of his counter-tourist driftings. In addition, Part 2 of the Handbook has ideas on how to extend the tactics into interventions that can be planned and performed in heritage sites. And Part 3 goes on to suggest open 'infiltrations' that can be used by heritage site managers themselves to reinvent their own sites. Alongside this there's a photo-essay on using the tactics, and a full bibliography. The Handbook is a bridge between the playful practicality of the Counter-Tourism Pocketbook and the deep space of Mythogeography.


Publication Date: 9/15/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781908009869