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A shrinking world for tourists? Examining the changing role of distance factors in understanding destination choices

Yang, Yang, Liu, Daisy, Li, Xiang and Harrill, Rich (2018) A shrinking world for tourists? Examining the changing role of distance factors in understanding destination choices Journal of Business Research.

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Abstract

This study examines the impacts of distance factors on Mainland Chinese tourists' international destination choices in 2007 and 2015 and how these factors' effects change over time. A random-coefficients conditional logit model was utilized to investigate three types of destination choices: past destination choice, dream destination choice, and intended destination choice. We identified different effects of distance factors on these different types of destination choices. Our results reveal substantial heterogeneity in the effect of cultural distance; in most cases, positive and negative effects of cultural distance co-occurred among Chinese residents. In comparing estimates from different years, we found diminishing effects of geographic distance on dream and intended destination choices. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Yang, Yang
Liu, Daisyhongbo.liu@surrey.ac.uk
Li, Xiang
Harrill, Rich
Date : 16 August 2018
DOI : doi.10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.08.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : National cultural distance; Destination choice; Geographic distance; Random-coefficients conditional logit model; Death of distance
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 19 Feb 2020 13:58
Last Modified : 19 Feb 2020 13:58
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/853792

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