Do perceptions of time affect outbound-travel motivations and intention? An investigation among Chinese seniors

Jiaying Lu, Kam Hung, Lili Wang, Michael A. Schuett, Liang Hu

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How people conceptualise time can play a critical role in their travel intention. However, relatively little research attention has been directed to the links between time perspective, outbound-travel motivation and outbound-travel intention. In this study, survey data from a sample of Chinese seniors were analysed to test hypotheses regarding these links. The results showed that present-time perspective and future-time perspective were directly related to travel motivation, and that the associations between present and future perspectives and travel intention were fully mediated by travel motivation. These findings not only highlight the relevance of time-perspective styles to travel research, but also have specific implications for tourism-destination marketers with senior audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Chinese seniors
  • Outbound travel
  • Time perspective
  • Travel motivation
  • ZTPI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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