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Title: The effect of distance on tourism in Hong Kong : a comparison of short haul and long haul visitors
Authors: Bao, FY
Mckercher, B 
Keywords: Distance decay
Visitor profile
Trip characteristics
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Asia Pacific journal of tourism research, 2008, v. 13, no. 2, p. 101-111 How to cite?
Journal: Asia Pacific journal of tourism research 
Abstract: This study reports on a pilot project examining the effect of distance on the profile and trip characteristics of vacation visitors to Hong Kong. Secondary data are used. The study reveals a clear long haul/short haul dichotomy in visitor profile and resultant behaviors in Hong Kong. Long haul tourists tend to be older, more affluent and view Hong Kong as a stop-over destination, whereas short haul visitors are younger, less affluent and see it as their main and only destination. The resultant socio-demographic and destination role differences translate into substantially different in-destination behavior patterns. The authors argue that these differences are, at least in part, a function of the discriminating effect that distance has on the ability of some people to travel to long haul destinations.
ISSN: 1094-1665
EISSN: 1741-6507
DOI: 10.1080/10941660802048332
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