Reasons Behind Taking International Pleasure Trips During a Pending War: A Proposed Typology

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People take international pleasure trips for different reasons. The objective of this study was to investigate the reasons behind taking international pleasure trips during wartime. The research took place during the second week of the Iraq war. Recognizing safety as a strong factor that influences travel and vacation taking, we randomly selected 118 international tourists in Tenerife, Spain, and asked them the following question: "Why have you taken an international pleasure trip despite the pending war?" A content analysis of this question resulted in the following four categories: "get away," "war is outside Tenerife," "booked before," and "tradition." Based on these results and informal unstructured interviews with respondents, a typology has been attempted. We were able to identify four groups that we named: (1) The travel hard tourists, (2) The fatalistic tourists, (3) The orthodox tourists, and (4) The optimistic tourists.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2006

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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