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Title: Behavioural Approaches in Tourism Research
Contributor(s): Walmsley, J Dennis James (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: Tourism is in many ways an activity that is emblematic of the twenty-first century. It is also something that involves millions of people worldwide, creating major employment opportunities and having significant impacts, both positive and negative. It is important therefore that the behaviour of tourists be understood. Herein lies a challenge. On the face of it, "behaviour" seems an unproblematic term. In fact, intuitively, a term like "the behaviour of tourists" appears to have an obvious meaning. Reality is more complex and there exist many different ways in which behaviour can be studied. The field of tourism research therefore faces an intellectual challenge in teasing out the different behavioural approaches that can be adopted. This chapter looks at how this intellectual challenge can be met before examining two topics that are the focus of contemporary behavioural research in tourism studies and illustrative of the intellectual challenge.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: A Companion to Tourism, p. 49-60
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Place of Publication: Oxford
ISBN: 0631235647
Field of Research (FOR): 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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