Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22031
Title: Tourism and online photography
Authors: Lo, IS
McKercher, B 
Lo, A 
Cheung, C 
Law, R 
Issue Date: 2011
Source: Tourism management, 2011, v. 32, no. 4, p. 725-731
Abstract: This paper documents the use of online travel photo-sharing technologies among Hong Kong residents. The advent of Web 2.0 is changing fundamentally the tourist information search and destination choice process. Yet, to date, no study has documented Web 2.0 usage levels and preferences for certain media for posting travel photographs across an entire community. This study reveals that some 89% of pleasure travelers take photographs and that 41% of them posted their photographs online. Social network sites (SNSs), instant messaging, online photo albums and personal blogs were the most popular media used. In general, people who post photographs online tend to be younger, better educated, and earn a higher income than those who do not. The study determined that most people also use multiple media platforms to disseminate their images. Cluster analysis based on the four major styles of online platform identified five cohorts of users who differed in number and type of media used, demographic profile and travel motive. Implications for destination promotion are discussed.
Keywords: Travel photography
Social network sites
Blogs
Online photo albums
Photo-sharing media
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Tourism management 
ISSN: 0261-5177
EISSN: 1879-3193
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2010.06.001
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