Tourist typology in social contact: An addition to existing theories.

Fan, D. X.F., Zhang, H.Q., Jenkins, C.L. and Tavitiyaman, P., 2017. Tourist typology in social contact: An addition to existing theories. Tourism management, 60 (June), 357 - 366.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.12.021

Abstract

Tourist-host social contact, as a unique type of social contact, is not getting sufficient attention in tourism academia considering its remarkable impacts on tourists’ travel attitudes, behaviors and long-term perceptions. The objectives of the current study are to explore the dimensions of tourist-host social contact and to contribute to the theory of tourist typology according to their dynamic nature in tourist-host social interaction. Forty-five in-depth interviews were conducted to generate insightful information. The software of NVivo 10 was applied to examine and code the transcripts. As a result, six dimensions were adopted to describe tourist-host social contact, which are purposes, determinants, activities, intensity, impacts and attitudes. Five types of tourists were pinpointed and theoretical and practical contributions of the study were discussed.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-5177
Uncontrolled Keywords:social contact ; tourist typology ; interaction ; tourist-host
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29748
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:25 Sep 2017 13:07
Last Modified:25 Sep 2017 13:07

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