Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/65797
Title: Tourist typology in social contact : an addition to existing theories
Authors: Fan, DXF
Zhang, HQ
Jenkins, CL
Tavitiyaman, P
Keywords: Interaction
Social contact
Tourist typology
Tourist-host
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Tourism management, 2017, v. 60, p. 357-366 How to cite?
Journal: Tourism management 
Abstract: Tourist-host social contact, as a unique type of social contact, is not getting sufficient attention in tourism academia considering its remarkable impacts on tourists’ travel attitudes, behaviors and long-term perceptions. The objectives of the current study are to explore the dimensions of tourist-host social contact and to contribute to the theory of tourist typology according to their dynamic nature in tourist-host social interaction. Forty-five in-depth interviews were conducted to generate insightful information. The software of NVivo 10 was applied to examine and code the transcripts. As a result, six dimensions were adopted to describe tourist-host social contact, which are purposes, determinants, activities, intensity, impacts and attitudes. Five types of tourists were pinpointed and theoretical and practical contributions of the study were discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/65797
ISSN: 0261-5177
EISSN: 1879-3193
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.12.021
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