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Title: The meaning of leisure for residents in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, NL
Xiao, H
Chau, CY
Ma, HT
Keywords: Leisure
Quality of life
Hospitality
Grounded theory methodology
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Journal of hospitality marketing & management, 2012, v. 21, no. 3, p. 311-329 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of hospitality marketing & management 
Abstract: This article reports an inductive analysis of the meanings of leisure and the meaningfulness of its pursuit withheld by residents in Hong Kong; the study probes into the constraints, experiences, and impacts of leisure participation. In-depth interviews and grounded theory methodology were adopted for this inquiry. It was found that freedom, happiness, enjoyment, and health are shared elements in participants' perceptions of leisure. A perceptual discrepancy has emerged as a recurring theme in their (de)construction of leisure through contrasting reality (or actuality) against the ideal (or desired) state. The study participants alluded to both tourism- related (extraordinary) and nontourism-related (ordinary) activities in their leisure experience. A favorable attitude was noted of the informants towards leisure travel and consuming hospitality outside their usual ?home? environment. Implications of the study for hospitality and tourism as well as its limitations and future research are also reflected.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/43225
ISSN: 1936-8623 (print)
1936-8631 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/19368623.2011.615021
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