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Tourist behaviour: an international perspective.

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This book aims to review and to stimulate interest in a number of emerging and fresh topics in tourist behaviour and experience from a distinctively contemporary perspective. It has been designed to follow a systematic order, following the major stages of the consumer behaviour model. The book has five main parts and 18 chapters. Part I examines the external factors influencing the travel and tour...

Chapter 2 (Page no: 8)

Influence of cultural distance in comparison with travel distance on tourist behaviour.

This chapter examines the extent to which cultural distance influences tourist behaviour in comparison with travel distance. This is accomplished by examining the profile, travel patterns and activities of eight different markets (Japan, France, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, the USA, Malaysia, and the UK) attracted to Hong Kong that have varying cultural distances. The results found little correlation between cultural distance and the profile and trip characteristics of the eight countries included in the study. A substantially different picture emerges when the data are analysed by travel distance. Visitors from short-haul markets tend to be younger, with relatively more females who travel with friends. Visitors from short-haul markets are more likely to be repeaters who identify Hong Kong as their only destination. The purpose of their trips is likely to be a short break for pleasure, and they will engage more in shopping and visiting built attractions. Conversely, long-haul tourists tend to be relatively older, with a high proportion of first-time visitors, who travel with their spouse to Hong Kong. Their trips to Hong Kong are more likely to be part of a stopover or a multi-destination trip. They tend to be less interested in shopping compared with visitors from short-haul markets.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Kozak, M. Kozak, N.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 16) Women's travel constraints in a unique context. Author(s): Shahvali, M. Shahvali, R. Kerstetter, D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 26) Can perceptions of Italian organized crime affect travel behaviour? Author(s): Bregoli, I. Ceruti, F.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 37) Women's strategies in golf: Portuguese golf professionals. Author(s): Reis, H. Correia, A. McGinnis, L. P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 46) Semi-automatic content analysis of trip diaries: pull factors to Catalonia. Author(s): Marine-Roig, E. Clavé, S. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 56) Motivations for wedding tourism: a demand-side perspective. Author(s): Chiappa, G. del Fortezza, F.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 64) Hotel disintermediation and user-generated content in the Czech Republic. Author(s): Chiappa, G. del Velčovská, Š. Atzeni, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 74) Mapping destination choice: set theory as a methodological tool. Author(s): Karl, M. Reintinger, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 84) Effects of personal and trip characteristics on holiday choice. Author(s): Kesgin, M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 97) Drivers of trip cancellations among Australian travellers. Author(s): Hajibaba, H. Dolnicar, S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 106) Cognitive and affective bases for tourists' consumption of local seafood. Author(s): Coskun-Zambak, G.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 115) Experiential travel and guided tours: following the latest consumption trends. Author(s): Zátori, A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 124) What makes visitors spend more? Effects of motivations on daily expenditure. Author(s): Liu TingTing Li MiMi Shen Han
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 134) We are not tourists. We fit in this community. Author(s): Lee HanJung Campbell, J. M.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 145) Do negative experiences of hospitality services always lead to dissatisfaction? Author(s): Chiappa, G. del Dall'Aglio, S.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 155) Structural equation modelling - restaurant guest behavioural intentions. Author(s): Beagley, C. Atkins, S. G. Tonny, T.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 168) Effects of people in photographs on potential visitors' evaluations. Author(s): Ogawa, M. Naoi, T. Iijima, S.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, PolyU West Kowloon Campus, 9 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780648125
  • Record Number
  • 20163365972