Destination Choice, Repeating Behaviour and the Tourist-Destination Life Cycle Hypothesis
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Tourists develop important ties with particular destinations along their lives, resulting in a revisiting behaviour. In this paper we propose the tourist-destination life cycle (TDLC) hypothesis. The hypothesis states that tourist behaviour, choices and vacational experience change and evolve along the life cycle built between tourists and destinations. Increasing contacts turn into a deeper knowledge of the destination, leading to a new approach towards the vacational experience. In order to start testing for such a general hypothesis, we focus on a specific aspect of the tourist-destination relationship in this chapter. In particular, we are interested in better understanding if the role of factors driving repeating behaviour of tourists also change along the TDLC. In pursuing this objective, we employ econometric modelling techniques applied to empirical data for Spanish destinations like Quantile Regressions. Modelling approach combines variables from the repeating choice literature with those explaining attachment feelings of tourists and the tourist life cycle theory. Empirical findings of the model clearly give support to the TDLC hypothesis.
Prof. Andres Artal-Tur acknowledges financial support by Groups of Excellence of the Region of Murcia, Fundación Séneca, Science and Technology Agency, project 19884/GERM/15, and FEMISE Association (Project ENPI/2014/354-494) Research Projects FEM 41-04 and FEM 41-13.
Prof. Jaime Serra thanks receipt of FEDER funds, under the new PT2020 partnership agreement and by national funds FCT/MEC—Foundation for Science and Technology under the UID/HIS/00057/2013—POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007702 project CIDEHUS.
Prof. Antonia Correia thanks financial support from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Grant UID/ECO/04007/2013) and FEDER/COMPETE (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007659).
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