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Title: Travel motivation : linking theory to practice
Authors: Huang, S
Hsu, CHC 
Keywords: Travel
Tourism management
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: International journal of culture, tourism and hospitality research, 2009, v. 3, no. 4, p. 287-295 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of culture, tourism and hospitality research 
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the relevant literature on travel motivation and provides a scenario‐based discussion on the applications of travel motivation theories in the industry practice. The paper offers an invaluable practical interpretation of travel motivation and related management issues.
Design/methodology/approach – A comprehensive literature review on travel motivation is conducted to acknowledge the major theories. Two scenarios are presented and discussed by linking two motivation conceptual schemes, Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory and Plog's allocentrism/psychocentrism model, to practical issues in travel management.
Findings – The literature review discloses that travel motivation theories have evolved over time. By linking theories to industry practice, the paper advocates that travel managers be more conscious of travelers' internal psychological needs when designing travel services/products.
Originality/value – This paper offers a good understanding of travel motivation by discussing theoretical applications in real‐world situations.
ISSN: 1750-6182
EISSN: 1750-6190
DOI: 10.1108/17506180910994505
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