Visitors to Antarctica (Ross Sea Region) were examined via survey and questionnaires over three phases of their experience; 1) anticipation of the visit, 2) during the on-site visit and 3) upon return home after the visit. This method was used on different groups of visitors with the aim to examine a cycle of experience, comparing groups of visitors through this cycle and analysing for change or ... transition as a result. Data was obtained by the author upon visiting the Ross Sea in the 2003/2004 season and supplemented with data from the 2002/2003 season and surveys completed by passengers aboard the tourist vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov of Quark Expeditions. The research examines the mindset and experience of visitors who come into physical contact with the continent but do not achieve or help to achieve scientific results.
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