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Title: Typologies of tourists' time-space consumption : a new approach using GPS data and GIS tools
Authors: Grinberger, AY
Shoval, N
McKercher, B 
Keywords: GPS
Hong Kong
Time geography
Tourist activity
Tourist time-space patterns
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Tourism geographies, 2014, v. 16, no. 1, p. 105-123 How to cite?
Journal: Tourism Geographies 
Abstract: Time geography presents a conceptual framework to describe and understand the tourists' spatio-temporal behavior, according to which the effective reach of an individual is defined by time-space constraints and the path taken by the individual. In recent years, a growing number of studies within this framework have begun to use geographic information systems (GIS) tools and data gathered with the help of advanced tracking methods. These tools and the framework of time geography have been applied to the study of tourists' spatio-temporal behavior, mainly on a descriptive level; yet there is a scarcity of suitable tools for the advanced analysis of the high-resolution temporal and spatial data acquired with these new technologies. Driven by this shortage, the approach presented here attempts to shed light on the choices made and strategies implemented by tourists, within the constraints of time and space, by clustering tourists based on time-space allocation measures of their behavior. The feasibility of this approach was tested in an exploratory case study of the behavior of 68 first-time tourists in Hong Kong. The results show three distinct and consistent time-space strategies that were employed by tourists and point to the theoretical and practical advances that can be made by implementing the current approach.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8261
ISSN: 1461-6688
DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2013.869249
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