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Exploring the travel behaviors of inbound tourists to Hong Kong using geotagged photos

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posted on 2024-06-05, 04:51 authored by HQ Vu, Gang LiGang Li, R Law, BH Ye
Insight into tourist travel behaviors is crucial for managers engaged in strategic planning and decision making to create a sustainable tourism industry. However, they continue to face significant challenges in fully capturing and understanding the behavior of international tourists. The challenges are primarily due to the inefficient data collection approaches currently in use. In this paper, we present a new approach to this task by exploiting the socially generated and user-contributed geotagged photos now made publicly available on the Internet. Our case study focuses on Hong Kong inbound tourism using 29,443 photos collected from 2100 tourists. We demonstrate how a dataset constructed from such geotagged photos can help address such challenges as well as provide useful practical implications for destination development, transportation planning, and impact management. This study has the potential to benefit tourism researchers worldwide from better understanding travel behavior and developing sustainable tourism industries. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

History

Journal

Tourism management

Volume

46

Pagination

222-232

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0261-5177

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Elsevier

Publisher

Elsevier