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Tourists' Online and Face-to-Face Social Contact and Destination Immersion.

Fan, D. X.F., Buhalis, D. and Lin, B., 2019. Tourists' Online and Face-to-Face Social Contact and Destination Immersion. In: ENTER 2019: 26th Annual International eTourism Conference, 29 January-1 February 2019, Nicosia, Cyprus.

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Tourism is stated to provide a process of transition. Tourists are claimed to enter a liminal space when traveling. Along with the development of the internet, the liminal sense of tourism has been greatly haunted by the advanced communication technology. The current study, adopting a qualitative approach, explored tourists' online and on-site social contact when traveling with different groups. A six-fold tourist typology was established to portrait their behavioural patterns with robust theoretical evidence supported. A contact-liminality nexus was also developed to indicate different tourist types' tendency between their original zone and the liminal zone. Both theoretical contributions and practical implications were discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:online social contact, face-to-face social contact, destination immersion, liminality, contact-liminality nexus
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:32150
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Apr 2019 10:21
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:15


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