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Dark Touristic Perception: Motivation, Experience and Benefits Interpreted from the Visit to Seismic Memorial Sites in Sichuan Province
TANG Yong
Corresponding AuthorTANG Yong
2014-09
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
Volume11Issue:5Pages:1326-1341
AbstractThis study investigates the motivations of Chinese domestic tourists visiting seismic memorial sites after the great Wenchuan earthquake of 2008, and examines their interpretation of experiences and benefits of the visits. Recent research on dark tourism has raised the possibility that people are attracted to death and memorial sites in ways different from other tourist attractions. The study used an empirical research design employing questionnaires to collect data from 255 Chinese domestic visitors at seismic memorial sites in west Sichuan. Analysis revealed that the obligation of commemoration mixed with curiosity represents a different set of travel motivation in dark tourism settings than in other kinds of tourism. In addition, the empirical evidence also suggests an interrelated pattern between motivations, experiences and benefits. This study implies that Chinese domestic tourists were attracted in ways different from other tourist attractions both because they tended to fulfill their obligation of commemoration and were interested in destruction; and visitor experiences played an important mediating role between travel motivations and benefits gained.
KeywordDark Tourism Travel Motivation Tourist Perception Chinese Domestic Tourists Seismic Memorial Sites Wenchuan Earthquake
Indexed BySCI
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/7258
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2014_Vol11 No.5
Corresponding AuthorTANG Yong
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TANG Yong. Dark Touristic Perception: Motivation, Experience and Benefits Interpreted from the Visit to Seismic Memorial Sites in Sichuan Province[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2014,11(5):1326-1341.
APA TANG Yong.(2014).Dark Touristic Perception: Motivation, Experience and Benefits Interpreted from the Visit to Seismic Memorial Sites in Sichuan Province.Journal of Mountain Science,11(5),1326-1341.
MLA TANG Yong."Dark Touristic Perception: Motivation, Experience and Benefits Interpreted from the Visit to Seismic Memorial Sites in Sichuan Province".Journal of Mountain Science 11.5(2014):1326-1341.
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