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Distance decay and the impact of effective tourism exclusion zones on international travel flows

McKercher, Bob and Lew, A. A. (2003) Distance decay and the impact of effective tourism exclusion zones on international travel flows. Journal of Travel Research, 42. pp. 159-165. ISSN 0047-2875 (Submitted)

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This paper examines the decaying effect of distance in outbound air travel from Hong Kong. Distance decay theory predicts that demand will peak at some distance relatively close to a source market and then decline exponentially as distance increases. The standard distance decay relationship is predicated on the assumption of a uniform distribution of tourism products over space. However, as discussed in the paper, supply is not distributed evenly, with large areas representing Effective Tourism Exclusion Zones (ETEZ). The effect of these tourism exclusions zones is to distort the standard distance decay curve, accelerating decay rates between the source markets and the inner boundary of the ETEZ and producing a concentration of higher demand at points beyond its outer boundary. In addition, for the Hong Kong market, the ETEZ formed a behavioral barrier between short haul and long travel behavior patterns.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1177/0047287503254812
Keywords: Distance decay, time budget, air travel, international tourism
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 17:41
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2280

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