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Trip destinations, gateways and itineraries: the example of Hong Kong

Lew, Alan A. and McKercher, Bob (2002) Trip destinations, gateways and itineraries: the example of Hong Kong. Tourism Management, 23. pp. 609-621. ISSN 0261-5177 (Submitted)

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Trip itinerary data present analytical problems because of the great diversity of routes that travelers follow and the varying significance of destinations along those routes. Most of the models that have been proposed to deal with this complexity have focused either on the total number of travelers from one country to another, or on the overall pattern of entire trips. An alternative and complementary approach is to examine the relative location of a destination within the larger itinerary pattern. Depending on their location within the overall trip itinerary, places can exhibit characteristics of one or more destination types: Single Destination, Gateway Destination, Egress Destination, Touring Destination, or Hub Destination. Data collected on international air travelers to Hong Kong exhibited the first four of these five patterns. Taiwan and Singapore residents primarily used Hong Kong as a Single Destination for short break shopping holidays and for business. US and Australian residents were the most likely to use Hong Kong as a trip Gateway and as a Touring Destination, especially as the Gateway for a trip to China, but Hong Kong also served as a Gateway for trips to destinations in East and Southeast Asia and, for US residents, to Australia. Residents of China were more likely to use Hong Kong as a trip Egress Destination than were others. Hong Kong has traditionally considered itself primarily as a ‘gateway to China’ and an ‘Asian travel hub’. Hong Kong, and other destinations, could benefit from being more aware of their role as an Egress Destination and of their relationships with destinations that travelers visit before and after their arrival.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1016/S0261-5177(02)00026-2
Keywords: travel itineraries, routes, destinations, gateways, transportation hubs, touring attractions, Hong Kong
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Social and Behavioral Science > Geography, Planning and Recreation
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 17:31
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2281

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