An ethnographic study of the motivations of foodstagrammer tourists

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The proliferation of social media platforms for sharing and posting photos is radically changing the experiences of foodies and food tourists, and businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on them. This article seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the modifications of the motivations of foodies and food tourists caused by the intensive use of Instagram, who are referred to using the moniker foodstagrammers. We used ethnography to explore, over the course of six months, the motivations of foodstagrammer tourists visiting the city of Barcelona, a very popular food-tourist destination. We performed observations and completed immersion experiences in six food tours with 48 participants, most of whom were using Instagram. The data collected were analysed and interpreted regarding the actions, people, and activities, both live and online. Our data suggest that motivations usually associated with foodies and food tourists become secondary in the case of foodstagrammer tourists, for whom the primary motivations are related to information sharing and taking photos. It offers new insights into the effects of social media on the tourist experience that are relevant for managers interested in marketing food-related business and destinations, since the momentum for experience-socialisation platforms is widely expected to continue expanding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-828
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Foodie
  • community
  • ethnography
  • experience
  • foodstagrammer
  • motivations


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