Contributes to the Profile of the Brazilian Literary Tourist: Experience and Motivation




literary tourism, literary tourist, experience, motivation, Brazil


This exploratory and quantitative research aims to contribute data on individuals engaging in literary tourism regarding organisation and preparation practices, visited literary places, travel motivations and surprising aspects of the experience. To collect data, an online questionnaire survey was sent to the participants in a literary festival, enquiring about previous literary-inspired visits. The findings indicate that writers’ house museums are the most visited literary tourist attraction and that visitors in an upper-income bracket prepare their literary-inspired visits autonomously by conducting online research and (re)reading the literary texts. In contrast, those in a lower-income bracket often rely on viewing audio-visual adaptations of books. Concerning the motivation to go on literary touring, most respondents indicate the amplification of knowledge about the literary work and the author. In the experience of literary tourism, the analysis of the data reveals there is an emotional and intellectual interaction in which imagination and visualisation intervene to co-create the literary place. These findings are analysed after the concepts of experience, motivation and de-differentiation in tourism studies and the concept of “realisation” borrowed from the transactional theory of meaning formation.


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Author Biographies

Rita Baleiro, University of the Algarve

PhD in Literary Studies, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal ((2012). Master in Cultural Studies (Nova U.) (2000). Degree in Languages and Literature (Nova U.) (1992). Professor at School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of the Algarve, and full-time researcher at CiTUR, Centre for Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism. Co-chief Editor of Dos Algarves: A Multidisciplinary e-Journal. Invited lecturer at Aix-Marseille University, France, since 2015. Coauthor and editor of several publications about literature and tourism. []

Margarida Viegas, University of the Algarve

PhD in Management and Economics, University of Huelva, Spain (2016). Her PhD thesis received the Extraordinario Doctorate Award. Master in Statistics and Information Management, ISEGI-Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal (1997). Two postgraduate degrees: Financial Management from University of the Algarve (1994) and Strategic Management and e-Business from the University of Huelva (1995). Degree in Decisional Systems Engineering from ISMA-COCITE (1990). Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism of the University of the Algarve. []

Diomira Faria, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

PhD in Economics, Centre for Development and Regional Planning (CEDEPLAR-UFMG) and the University of Alicante, Spain (2012). Her PhD thesis won the Creative Economy Award 2012 (MINC) in the category of Economic Impact. Master in Tourism University of Alicante, Spain (2004).  Degree in Economics (PUC-MG), a specialization in Statistics (UFMG) (1998).  Professor of Tourism Economics in the Geography Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. Leader of the research group Tourism, Economy, Culture and Territory - TECT CNPq. []




How to Cite

Baleiro, R., Viegas, M. ., & Faria, D. (2022). Contributes to the Profile of the Brazilian Literary Tourist: Experience and Motivation. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos, 12(1).