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Emotions in motion: Tourists' experiences in time and space
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8754-4657
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Current Issues in Tourism, ISSN 1368-3500, Vol. 15, no 6, 505-523 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology enables the study of tourists’ activities and movement patterns in real time. But what does this information tell us about tourists’ subjective experiences? The present paper accounts for the results from four case studies: two event studies and two destination studies. Two of these took place in the wintertime, and two in the summertime. Visitors carried a GPS device for one day, after which they answered a brief questionnaire. A total of 241 visitors participated in the study. Based on cluster analyses of distance measures calculated from the GPS data, several movement patterns were revealed. Three of these, labelled Main attraction visitors, Wanderers, and Specialists, emerged in all four cases. The reported experiences differed between the clusters, especially concerning negative experiences. In the destination studies, the clusters differed with regard to what was considered a negative experience, while in the event studies, the clusters differed with regard to how the tourists responded emotionally to their experiences. The authors conclude that GPS technology is a promising tool for tourism research but that, if one is to gain a full understanding of tourists’ experiences and mobility, it ought to be combined with other methods.

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2012. Vol. 15, no 6, 505-523 p.
Keyword [en]
destination, emotions, event, GPS, mobility pattern, tourist experience
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14987DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2011.615391ISI: 000306607200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864103188Local ID: ETOUROAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14987DiVA: diva2:460458
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Available from: 2011-11-30 Created: 2011-11-30 Last updated: 2012-09-18Bibliographically approved

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