Tourists' online and face-to-face social contact and destination immersion

Authors: Fan, X., Buhalis, D. and Lin, B.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32070/

Journal: e-Review of Tourism Research

Volume: 16

Issue: 2-3

Pages: 224-233

Publisher: Texas A & M University

ISSN: 1941-5842

Tourism is stated to provide a process of transition. Tourists are claimed to enter a liminal space when traveling. Along with the development of the internet, the liminal sense of tourism has been greatly haunted by the advanced communication technology. The current study, adopting a qualitative approach, explored tourists' online and on-site social contact when traveling with different groups. A six-fold tourist typology was established to portrait their behavioural patterns with robust theoretical evidence supported. A contact-liminality nexus was also developed to indicate different tourist types' tendency between their original zone and the liminal zone. Both theoretical contributions and practical implications were discuss

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Authors: Fan, D., Buhalis, D. and Lin, B.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32070/

Journal: e-Review of Tourism Research

Volume: 16

Issue: 2-3

Pages: 224-233

eISSN: 1941-5842

Tourism is stated to provide a process of transition. Tourists are claimed to enter a liminal space when traveling. Along with the development of the internet, the liminal sense of tourism has been greatly haunted by the advanced communication technology. The current study, adopting a qualitative approach, explored tourists' online and on-site social contact when traveling with different groups. A six-fold tourist typology was established to portrait their behavioural patterns with robust theoretical evidence supported. A contact-liminality nexus was also developed to indicate different tourist types' tendency between their original zone and the liminal zone. Both theoretical contributions and practical implications were discussed.

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