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Title: Tourists' perceptions of their level of contact with host residents
Authors: Ap, J
Keywords: Semiparametric regression model
first-order Markovian bilinear process
β-splines series estimation
semiparametric least squares estimators
asymptotic normality
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Cognizant Communication Corporation
Source: Pacific tourism review, 2001, v. 5, no. 1, p. 51-58 How to cite?
Journal: Pacific tourism review 
Abstract: Tourism has often been cited as a phenomenon that helps promote cultural exchange, world peace, and mutual understanding between peoples and cultures. This exploratory study attempts to identify the nature and characteristics of tourist–host contact, and examines how tourists visiting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) perceive the contact they had with local residents. A tourist–host contact scale was also developed in this study. The findings revealed that most respondents perceived their contact with their hosts positively. With the list of contact attributes identified, the attributes may be grouped into two dimensions: quality of contact and intensity of contact. A degree of robustness was found in the contact scale that was developed. However, the reliability of the intensity of contact dimension was low and the cumulative variance was 46%, which suggests that our understanding of the phenomenon is still lacking and that there is room for improvement of our knowledge and understanding of this multidimensional concept. Suggestions for further research to improve our understanding of this phenomenon are also discussed.
ISSN: 1088-4157
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