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Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Journal publication date9 May 2019
Publication statusSubmitted - 9 May 2019

Abstract

The paper provides an overview of perceived emotional synchrony (PES) and a critique of the applicability of this concept to the tourism and events experience. We then explore how PES develops and its role in loneliness reduction using a multi-site longitudinal study that follows the experiences of 62 women over the age of 70 engaging in participatory arts events. Our findings show that a sense of belonging and inclusion, as well as increased feelings of self-worth and identity, reduce feelings of loneliness over time. In particular, social integration and identity fusion were found to happen as a result of the emotional synchrony developed via a regular shared activity, away from everyday experience, which requires some challenge and/or creativity. We propose a virtuous cycle model to explain the benefits accruing from such activities and discuss the wider implications for tourist activities as social interventions.

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