The xenophobic tourist

Kock, Florian, Josiassen, Alexander, and Assaf, A. George (2019) The xenophobic tourist. Annals of Tourism Research, 74. pp. 155-166.

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Addressing the global rise of xenophobia, the authors provide the first investigation of tourist xenophobia (TXO) and its role in shaping tourist behavior. Drawing on research from evolutionary and social psychology, they define TXO as a tourist's perceptual discomfort and anxiety associated with strangers encountered at foreign destinations. The authors develop a reliable, valid and parsimonious TXO scale, and document its importance empirically. The results show that TXO is an important driver behind many, often neglected, behavioral phenomena, such as tourists’ preference for travel-related vaccination, willingness to try local food, preference for group travel, travel insurance and agency-booked travel, willingness to travel and actual travel behavior. The authors conclude by discussing implications of the findings for research, practice and policy.

Item ID: 73583
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7722
Keywords: Evolutionary psychology, Tourist behavior, Tourist psychology, Tourist xenophobia
Copyright Information: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 19 May 2022 03:05
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 100%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 100%
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