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A Geographical Analysis of the Rates of Non-Travel Across the Regions of Canada

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Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to classify and segment non-travellers across the regions of Canada. This was achieved by empirically testing Haukeland's (1990) model of non-travel. The study revealed that while Quebec had the lowest incidence rate of non-travel, those who did not travel were socially constrained at a much higher rate than in the other regions of Canada. Those not born in Canada were most likely to be both financially and socially constrained and concentrated primarily in Ontario. Non-travellers in Western Canada were most likely to report being financially constrained. Overall, this study found that Haukeland's (1990) model assisted in the discovery of regional differences in non-travellers across Canada. If non-travellers are understood more clearly, some of their market potential could be realized by the tourism industry.

Keywords: Canada; Non-travel; regional studies; segmentation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616680500164609

Affiliations: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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