Visitors to Australia are more likely to come across ghostly or haunting attractions than the other way around.
A survey of 1,000 people by the Australian National University found that nearly three in four people have come across at least one of the haunted attractions, while more than a third have seen a ghostly attraction at least once.
Researchers said the survey was the first of its kind in the world.
“The most important thing is that the survey found that there is an interest in these types of attractions,” study author Dr Mark Marder told ABC Radio National.
“And that’s really good news because we know that they are more common in the urban centres.”
Dr Mardar said the results also showed that the more people visited ghostly attractions, the more likely they were to report having experienced a ghost.
“We are seeing the effects of ghost tourism, and it’s something that people are just now starting to recognise,” he said.
“It’s not just about haunted attractions.
It’s about ghost tourism as a whole.”
Dr Mark Mardo, who is the lead author of the survey, said the findings showed the attraction could have a long and difficult road ahead.
“For some people, it’s just a way to escape the stress of everyday life and this could be one of those ways to do that,” he told ABC radio.
“But the other side of that is that people also report having a strong desire to visit these attractions and this study showed that that’s what people really want to do.”
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Tourism and Tourism Research, the University at Albany, the Australian Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.
It also included interviews with 2,000 adults aged between 18 and 69 from around the country.
The study also examined the experiences of about 1,800 people aged between 25 and 74 from Australia and New Zealand.
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