Understanding interactions between beggars and international tourists: the case of China

Qiao, Guanghui, Chen, Nan, and Prideaux, Bruce (2017) Understanding interactions between beggars and international tourists: the case of China. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 22 (3). pp. 272-283.

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Abstract

Begging exists in developed as well as developing countries and in many jurisdictions is regarded as a criminal activity. In a tourism context, it is not uncommon to see begging-type activities in areas where tourists are present. Surprisingly, the literature has largely ignored begging as an issue of concern. This study examined the reaction of international tourists to encounters with beggars in China with a particular emphasis on the impact that an encounter with beggars could have on trip satisfaction. The study found that (1) elder beggars are still the most common types of beggars encountered by respondents; (2) giving money but refusing further communication with beggars was the most common reaction; (3) begging did not have a significant impact on overall trip satisfaction and (4) begging did not have a significant impact on the likelihood of revisiting China or a negative impact on future recommendations for travel to China.

Item ID: 50649
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6507
Keywords: Interaction, beggars, international tourists, China
Funders: Henan University of Technology (HUT), Education Ministry Scientific Research Fund for Returned Overseas Talents (EM)
Projects and Grants: HUT 2013CXRC13, EM 20131792, HUT 2011BS003
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:51
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 > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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