Location Shooting and the Filmic Destination: Transylvanian Myths and the Post-Colonial Tourism Enterprise Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study, we examine a contested tourism proposal in Romania, Dracula Park, and its attempts to balance the indigenously produced history of the region with the powerful myths imposed by European and American filmic and literary influences: Bram Stokers Dracula and the heritage films it spawned. While the project was recently announced to be abandoned, the Romanian discourse on Dracula Park offers an avenue for a post-colonial critique which we explore in the context of globalisation, place, identity and various texts of the culture industry. A filmlocation- tourism spectrum helps illustrate some of the issues raised in this paper. Dracula films and Dracula Park (DP) occupy a problematic spot on this continuum, as myth and history are mediated around a real Transylvania by local-global cultural intermediaries. This helps us situate the political economy of tourism in settings like post-socialist Romania. We argue that the literary-film-DP example shows tourism as a postcolonial enterprise of a globalised culture industry. This industry, of which tourism is a part, not only shapes touristic spaces in ex-colonies within the developing (lesser developed) world, but also constructs identities and heritage in peripheral spaces within the cultural colonisers Europe. 2006 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

author list (cited authors)

  • Shandley, R., Jamal, T., & Tanase, A.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Shandley, Robert||Jamal, Tazim||Tanase, Aniela

publication date

  • January 2006