Exploring perceived tensions arising from tourist behaviors in a Chinese context

Loi, Kim Ieng, and Pearce, Philip L. (2015) Exploring perceived tensions arising from tourist behaviors in a Chinese context. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, 32 (1-2). pp. 65-79.

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Awareness of behaviors which cause offence represents a pathway to promoting better civic conduct by tourists. Recent tensions in Hong Kong have highlighted some problematic behaviors of Mainland Chinese tourists. The study was conducted in Macao and systematically compared the perceptions of the levels of annoyance of 40 troublesome behaviors. The list was developed through an intensive emic evaluation procedure. It was demonstrated that there was broad agreement on the most problematic behaviors. Overall, Hong Kong citizens were more troubled by the tourist behaviors than their mainland counterparts. Significant differences emerged for five behaviors, two of which—bumping into others in a crowd and smoking anywhere without considering those around them—were highlighted as key tension points. Specific attention by tourists to key behaviors may reduce friction with other tourists and local citizens.

Item ID: 43148
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-7306
Keywords: less desirable tourist behaviors, Chinese outbound tourists, tourist–tourist interaction, tourist tension, Hong Kong, Mainland China
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 03:12
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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