Xavier Matteucci is Research Associate at MU. Xavier holds a doctorate degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (2012). He also holds an MA degree in Modern Languages and International Business from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (1997) and an MSc in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey, UK (1998). His doctoral research was concerned with the tourist experience of intangible heritage with a particular focus on the role of the body and senses in that experience. His main research interests are the tourist experience, tourism impacts, transformative travel, quality of life, cultural tourism, second home tourism, sustainability, regionalism and authenticity issues. Before joining MODUL University Vienna, Xavier has worked for both inbound and outbound tour operating businesses in Canada and France. Xavier is also an external lecturer at various institutions in Austria including IMC Krems and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
2011 : 1st Meritorious (4th Runner-up) to the best paper award ()
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"Experience care: efficacy of service-learning in fostering perspective transformation in tourism education"2018 in: Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism. Volume: 18. Issue number: 1 Pages: 8-24
This article presents the findings of a study, which explores the benefits of a service-learning (SL) approach from the perspective of students. The SL approach employed in this study combines theoretical discourse in human relations and personal development with active engagement in community projects. We collected 61 reflective essays from undergraduate students at an Austrian university about their impressions of the lecture and of the two community service projects they participated in. The thematic analysis of the textual data revealed that the SL approach adopted in our course largely benefitted the students. Challenge, positive emotions, affiliation, and learning are the four key dimensions which characterise the students’ experiences. Amongst the learning outcomes reported by the students, SL facilitated self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, stress-resistance, enhanced communication, and problem-solving skills. Despite some challenges, SL proves to be a promising experiential pedagogical approach, which, we argue, is highly relevant to tourism management students.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Florian Aubke
Publication date: 2018
Issue number: 1
"Expériences touristiques, flamenco et hapax existentiel"2018 in: Leisure / Loisir. Volume: 42. Issue number: 2 Pages: 185-204
Every year many tourists visit Andalusia to practise flamenco. However, little information is available on the ways in which this art is practised. The objective of this article is to describe the nature of the tourist experience for flamenco enthusiasts who have come to Seville to practise dancing, singing, and guitar. Grounded theory helped to highlight four main themes, namely personal crisis, emotional experiences, self-discovery, and eudemonism. These themes lend the tourist experience a character akin to existential hapax, a defining and seminal moment in an individual’s existence which will influence his or her path in a sustainable manner. Contrary to the dominant discourse where tourism is seen as a purely hedonistic pursuit, this article sees the tourist experience as a eudemonistic project; that is, a project characterised by the feeling of a happy life lived in harmony with oneself.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci
Publication date: 2018
Issue number: 2
"Tourists’ accounts of learning and positive emotions through sensory experiences"2017 Advances in Tourism Pages: 54-66
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci
Publication date: 11. 2017
Series information: Advances in Tourism
Place of Publication Volume: New York
Host publication editor(s): S. Filep, J. Laing, M. Csikszentmihalyi
"Elaborating on grounded theory in tourism research"2017 in: Annals of Tourism Research. Volume: 65. Pages: 49 - 59
Abstract Grounded theory method has been gaining momentum within qualitative tourism research. However, different versions of grounded theory exist, and tourism researchers rarely address this variety in their work. This article addresses this issue and engages with grounded theory’s core tenets, its epistemological and ontological underpinnings, and its contribution to theory building. We present an overview of grounded theory studies in tourism. In light of the trends in qualitative research towards a blurring of genres and creativity, we also suggest that Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy may take grounded theory researchers to new research territories. In our view, the constructivist orientation to grounded theory, impregnated with Deleuzian thinking, is seen as a methodological tool most capable of facilitating positive change.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Juergen Gnoth
Publication date: 17. 5. 2017
Pages: 49 - 59
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2017.05.003
Xavier Matteucci, S. Filep"Eudaimonic tourist experiences: the case of flamenco"2017 in: Leisure Studies. Volume: 36. Issue number: 1 Pages: 39-52
In recent years, participation in flamenco, as a cultural art form, has gained momentum within Spain and internationally. Engagement in flamenco music and dance workshops in Spain has also become an increasingly significant tourism activity. Despite this trend, little research has looked into the nature of leisure experiences of flamenco. This paper seeks to address this knowledge gap by exploring how tourists experience flamenco music and dance courses in the city of Seville. Through a grounded theory research strategy in which in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 participants, the study reveals that four key themes characterise tourists’ experiences of flamenco. These are: the social and physical environment, which refers to physical flamenco spaces in Seville and tourists’ interactions with instructors and peers; secondly, the experience of challenge, characterised by hardship and sacrifice in the pursuit of flamenco; thirdly, activation of the sensual body or a sense of arousal; and lastly, an intrinsic and deep desire for self-discovery. The study demonstrates that the flamenco tourist experience strongly contributes to self-realisation and fulfilment of those who engage in it, or in other words, that the flamenco tourist experience is eudaimonic in character. The interview findings were linked to literature on self-realisation, self-fulfilment, true self, stress-related growth and related eudaimonic themes. Eudaimonia, or a sense of personal expressiveness and self-realisation, has not been previously established in this context. Therefore, the research findings provide a theoretical understanding of what a eudaimonic tourist experience of dance and music may look like.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, S. Filep
Publication date: 1. 2017
Issue number: 1
Electronic version(s), related files and links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2015.1085590
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