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Germans' tourist behaviour in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (ETOUR)
2008 (English)In: Tourism, ISSN 1332-7461, Vol. 56, no 2, 143-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tourism research has identified a number of factors that influence tourist behaviour, among them socio-demographic characteristics and the number of previous visits. This article argues that also tourists' spatial mobility, the time period within the holiday, the characteristics of the places visited, and the access to information act as important determinants for the level and choice of tourist activities. Focus in this analysis is lying on German car tourists in Sweden. For this study, a combination of methodologies is employed. This includes travel diaries on access to information as well as on type, place and length of activities, which were written by the respondents during their holiday in Sweden, and personal interviews, which were carried out after the respondents had returned home. Tourist behaviour was found to be similar to the respondents' behaviour at home, and place in combination with a limited time period and the absence of externally imposed routines was a major factor for this. In general, tourists took part in an activity for a relatively short period time before moving on. The level of spatial mobility was found to positively influence the level of tourist activity, and was to a great part responsible for the succession of activities. The time period within the holiday did not specifically influence activities, but so did access to tourist information, which affected the choice and duration of activities. Guidebooks were found to constitute the most important tourist information for the analysed tourist group.

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2008. Vol. 56, no 2, 143-158 p.
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8228Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47249135343Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-8228DiVA: diva2:133804
Available from: 2009-01-14 Created: 2009-01-14 Last updated: 2009-07-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Guided tourism: the role of guidebooks in German tourist behaviour in Sweden
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2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Östersund: ETOUR, 2007. 146 p.
Series
Vetenskapliga bokserien / European Tourism Research Institute, 2007:18
Series
GERUM. Kulturgeografi, ISSN 1402-5205 ; 2007:3
National Category
Economics and Business
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8229 (URN)ETOUR (Local ID)978-91-85317-71-4 (ISBN)ETOUR (Archive number)ETOUR (OAI)
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(English)
Available from: 2009-01-15 Created: 2009-01-14 Last updated: 2009-07-27Bibliographically approved

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