Tourist typology in social contact: An addition to existing theories

Daisy X.F. Fan, Hanqin Qiu Zhang, Carson L. Jenkins, Pimtong Tavitiyaman

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Tourist-host social contact, as a unique type of social contact, is not getting sufficient attention in tourism academia considering its remarkable impacts on tourists’ travel attitudes, behaviors and long-term perceptions. The objectives of the current study are to explore the dimensions of tourist-host social contact and to contribute to the theory of tourist typology according to their dynamic nature in tourist-host social interaction. Forty-five in-depth interviews were conducted to generate insightful information. The software of NVivo 10 was applied to examine and code the transcripts. As a result, six dimensions were adopted to describe tourist-host social contact, which are purposes, determinants, activities, intensity, impacts and attitudes. Five types of tourists were pinpointed and theoretical and practical contributions of the study were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-366
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • Interaction
  • Social contact
  • Tourist typology
  • Tourist-host


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