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Motivational and behavioral profiling of visitors to Forest-based recreational destinations in Sri Lanka

Perera, P., Vlosky, R.P. and Wahala, S.B. (2012) Motivational and behavioral profiling of visitors to Forest-based recreational destinations in Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 17 (4). pp. 451-467.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10941665.2011.627353
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Abstract

The tourism industry plays a key role in regional and destination development. As negative environmental and socio-cultural impacts of mass tourism become more common, the appeal of alternative forms of tourism, especially ecotourism, continues to increase. With rising demand, ecotourism operators are facing the task of meeting expectations of diverse consumers of ecotourism products. Accordingly, the need to define and distinguish ecotourists from other types of tourists has become important. The importance of using a behavioral approach to distinguish ecotourists from other types of tourists is emphasized by tourism scholars. This study developed distinct motivational and behavioral profiles of visitors to forest-based ecotourism sites in Sri Lanka. Results identified four different types of tourists based on their behavioral and motivational characteristics: ecotourists, picnickers, egoistic tourists, and adventure tourists. Broad implications of visitor profiling are also discussed. This approach can help ecotourism operators to better tailor marketing strategies and increase visitor satisfaction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2012 Asia Pacific Tourism Association
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/63112
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