Cultural conflicts or cultural cushion?

Ben Haobin Ye, Hanqin Qiu, Pok Man Peter Yuen

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The current study explores antecedents of perceived discrimination of tourists, which is an under-researched area in tourism. A questionnaire survey was conducted with 248 Chinese and 240 Caucasian tourists in Hong Kong to validate the proposed model. The introduction of intercultural competence reconciled competing research streams regarding the roles of cultural distance in forming the anticipated discrimination of tourists which leads to their perceived discrimination. The current study reveals that the positive or negative effect of cultural distance is contingent on the intercultural competence of tourists. Additionally, power distance and relative group status collectively explain their anticipated discrimination. Practical implications regarding minimization of the perceived discrimination of tourists were offered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-349
Number of pages29
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


  • Anticipated discrimination
  • Cultural distance
  • Hong Kong
  • Intercultural competence
  • Perceived discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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