Tourist Behaviour: Themes and Conceptual Schemes

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Channel View Publications, Sep 27, 2005 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Tourism is an inherently social phenomenon. Tourists travel with others and experience places and cultures through interacting with both familiar and unfamiliar others. This volume presents a thorough tour of the social psychological processes which underpin contemporary travel. The fascinating phenomenon of tourist behaviour deals with topics such as motivation, destination choice, travellers' on site experiences, satisfaction and learning. This book uses an array of developing and recently constructed conceptual frameworks to both synthesise what is established, and to create new insights and directions for further analysis and, ultimately, management action.

 

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Contents

Social Roles and Individual Characteristics
18
The Travel Career Pattern Approach
50
Perceiving and Choosing the Destination
86
Social Contact for the Tourist
113
The Tourists OnSite Experiences
135
Tourists Reflections on Experience
162
Synthesis and Further Analysis
184
References
200
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Philip L. Pearce is Foundation Professor of Tourism at James Cook University, Australia. His research focuses on tourist behaviour, notably tourist motivation and experience, tourism and communities and tourism education and research.

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