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Understanding western tourists in developing countries.

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This book provides an analysis of Western tourists who travel in developing countries for holiday purposes, enabling suppliers to be aware of and help meet their demands while maximizing economic benefits, minimizing undesired social and cultural impacts, and developing sustainable products and practices. The book is intended for students and researchers in leisure, recreation and tourism, and to ...


Chapter 3 (Page no: 62)

Towards understanding western tourists: empirical studies.

This chapter presents empirical data on Western tourists in developing countries, based on both primary and secondary sources. The primary data (concerning organized round trips) came from some 333 interview records (272 with tourists and 61 with tour managers, tour guides, local travel agents and other professionals) completed in 2004 in 15 countries. The secondary data (concerning backpackers, volunteers and romance tourists) have been collected from tourism journals, students' theses and selected books. Information is first presented on organized tourists. The nature of organized tours, the motivation of organized tourists, their expectations, behaviour, experiences, and the differences between nationalities, are discussed. Backpackers are examined next. The generating and destination countries of backpackers, the motivation of backpackers, the backpacker culture, and the psychological effects of backpacking, are discussed. Other types of West-South tourists are then described, including independently travelling luxury tourists, volunteer tourists and romance tourists.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The great unknown. Author(s): Egmond, T. van
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 10) Towards understanding western tourists: theoretical perspectives. Author(s): Egmond, T. van
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 113) The tourist unravelled. Author(s): Egmond, T. van
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 144) Planning for the 'right' tourists. Author(s): Egmond, T. van