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Title: Understanding tourist movement patterns in a destination : a GIS approach
Authors: Lau, G
Mckercher, B 
Keywords: Spatial movement
Travel itineraries
Hong Kong
Geographic information system (GIS)
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Tourism and hospitality research, 2006, v. 7, no. 1, p. 39-49 How to cite?
Journal: Tourism and hospitality research 
Abstract: This paper presents preliminary findings of research examining the movement patterns of tourists within a destination. The study focuses on fully independent individual travellers visiting Hong Kong. Little research has been conducted looking at movements within a destination. Macro or inter-destination movement patterns may inform intra-destination movements. Factors affecting tourists' choices of itineraries give reasons to support the shaping of the patterns. These factors include human factors (type of individual, travel party, motivations, etc), physical factors (destination geomorphology), trip factors (main or secondary destination, first-time or repeat visitor, etc) and the time factor (length of stay in destination, total trip duration). Geographic Information System is used for documenting spatial—temporal movements of tourists through mapping.
ISSN: 1467-3584
EISSN: 1742-9692
DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.thr.6050027
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