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Asian Youth Travellers

Insights and Implications

  • Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore
  • Elaine Chiao Ling Yang


  • Covers the latest trends relevant to young Asian travellers, for example, educational tourism, adventure tourism, and working holidays

  • Provides tourism researchers, students, and practitioners a consolidated, comprehensive, and up-to-date reference for the understanding of Asian travellers

  • Offers a previously absent non-Western-centric perspective on Asian youth travellers


Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)

About this book


This book offers a bird’s-eye view of the current trends, opportunities, and challenges related to Asian youth travellers, and it also presents a holistic framework for future research to build upon. Managerial and policy implications are provided for the tourism and hospitality industry and government agencies to better accommodate the needs of Asian youth travellers – a unique and diverse market that is yet to be fully unveiled to the world.

This book investigates the key characteristics that define contemporary Asian youth travellers, adopting a broad definition of Asia. While it includes relatively mature markets, it also features emerging markets in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The book looks at different forms of tourism undertaken by Asian travellers, encompassing educational tourism, adventure tourism, working holiday, self-driving tourism, dark tourism, volunteer tourism, and cultural tourism.

A wide range of topics are discussed, from history to current trends, from motivations to constraints, from the influence of culture and religion on travel behaviour to the search of social freedom through travel, and from destination choice to destination avoidance. The findings and interpretations are drawn from diverse and novel research methods, such as netnography, visual anthropology, historiography, interview, focus group, survey, and document analysis.


Asian travellers Asian tourism Asian youth tourism educational tourism adventure tourism working holiday self-driving tourism cultural tourism dark tourism volunteer tourism Asian youth tourist Asian travel market destination tourism

Editors and affiliations

  • Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore
    • 1
  • Elaine Chiao Ling Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia

About the editors

Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. She has research and training interests in marketing to tourists and guests in tourism and hospitality industries, with a passionate focus on women, families and young children. She is also particularly interested in understanding these segments from an Asian perspective, and how their travel experience and behaviours differ cross-culturally. Catheryn has expertise in feasibility studies and qualitative research methodologies using photographs, virtual texts, observations, focus groups and in-depth interviews. She has  started and sold businesses for profit and experienced consulting for institutions and organisations; and also designed and conducted soft-skill training programmes for public-listed companies. Catheryn is Editor-in-Chief for Tourism Management Perspectives; Second Vice-Chair for the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE); and founder of Women Academics in Tourism (WAiT).

Elaine Yang is a researcher at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Her doctoral research project investigates the gendered risk perception of Asian solo female travellers. She researches in the areas of gender studies and critical approaches in tourism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Asian Youth Travellers
  • Book Subtitle Insights and Implications
  • Editors Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore
    Elaine Chiao Ling Yang
  • Series Title Perspectives on Asian Tourism
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives on Asian Tourism
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-8538-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4179-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8539-0
  • Series ISSN 2509-4203
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-4211
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 196
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Tourism Management
    Asian Culture
    Youth Culture
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