This paper demonstrates how Indian popular cultural expressions (Bollywood films) are transforming sociospatial textures in central Switzerland. Empirical illustrations are derived from various data sources from an ongoing fieldwork conducted in multiple Swiss locations (Interlaken, Luzern, Engelberg and Mt.Titlis), entailing observations, interviews with national/ regional DMOs and film commissions, incoming agents as well as local hotels and suppliers specialised on Indian guests. This body of data was contrasted with strategic documents, annual reports travel trade statistics as well as promotional material (printed and online). Following a short historical account of Bollywood tourism in Switzerland, an analysis of the recent place promotion and branding campaigns is presented, revealing the interplay between established and emerging (Occidental) imageries of the Alps. Second, Bollywood-induced spatial transformations and experience innovations are captured. The paper concludes with a reflection on emerging conflicts and controversies emerging from hybrid imageries and fundamentally distinct constructions of Alpine experiences.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||International Tourism and Media Conference - Campus Helsingborg, Lunds Universitet, Helsingborg, Sweden|
Duration: 24 Aug 2016 → 26 Aug 2016
|Conference||International Tourism and Media Conference|
|Location||Campus Helsingborg, Lunds Universitet|
|Period||24/08/2016 → 26/08/2016|