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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Xavier Matteucci, Ivana Volic, Sebastian Filep"Dimensions of Friendship in Shared Travel Experiences"2019 in: Leisure Sciences.
Quality relationships are fundamental to human well-being. Friendships are voluntary relationships between autonomous individuals that can shed light on how bonding and intimacy are experienced in tourism environments. Adopting a qualitative, humanist approach, this article explores the topic of friendship in tourism. Through a thematic analysis of 12 in-depth interviews, we examine how friendships are experienced by Serbian young to middle-age adults in tourism settings. It was revealed five main dimensions underpin friendship relationships in a tourism context: intimacy of spaces, quality time, disclosure, navigation of challenges and relational realisations, or a sense of learning about oneself through shared experiences. Opportunities are suggested for researchers to extend these research findings.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Ivana Volic, Sebastian Filep
Publication date: 9. 2019
"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
Viktoria-Maria Schiefert, Xavier Matteucci"Experiences of tourists suffering from food intolerances"2018 in: Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism. Volume: 3. Issue number: 3 Pages: 191-202
The number of people who are affected by a food intolerance has risen dramatically over recent years. Although food plays a central role in tourism experiences, little is known about how food- intolerant people experience eating out during their holiday (away from home). To fill this knowl- edge gap, and following a constructivist grounded theory strategy, nine in-depth interviews with food-intolerant tourists were conducted. The textual data analysis revealed four main themes, which underpin the experiences of tourists with food intolerances: mistrust of food labeling and restaurant personnel, uncertainty, the feeling of being a burden to others, and the perceived lack of empathy in food-intolerant customers. Each one of these four themes are a source of worry and stress to people with food intolerances. Implications for practice are discussed.
Author(s): Viktoria-Maria Schiefert, Xavier Matteucci
Publication date: 2018
Issue number: 3
Xavier Matteucci, Irem Önder"Using drawings to explore images of Vienna"2018 in: Tourism Analysis. Volume: 23. Issue number: 4 Pages: 517-531
This article illustrates how drawing has been employed as a stand-alone method to research destination image. Despite arguments for unstructured approaches to learn about how people conceive places, few tourism researchers have explored the potential of the drawing technique. We sought to address this methodological gap by collecting visual data that would capture a more holistic image of a destination. Thus, 88 drawings of Vienna, the Austrian capital, were collected among a student population of past visitors and nonvisitors. Content analysis and compositional interpretation were used to identify relevant attributes about Vienna, and to flesh out the destination's affective dimension. We used a biplot to visually represent the research findings from the two groups. Although exploratory, this study reveals the potential of drawings as a tool to research destination images held by both past visitor and nonvisitor groups.
Author(s): Xavier Matteucci, Irem Önder
Publication date: 2018
Issue number: 4
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