Holiday recovery experiences, tourism satisfaction and life satisfaction - Is there a relationship?

Chun Chu Chen, Wei-Jue Huang, James F. Petrick

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This research examines the relationships between holiday recovery experiences and life satisfaction through mediating variables of tourism satisfaction. Derived from a sample of 777 American respondents, it was found that individuals who were able to control what they want to do, feel relaxed and detached from work, and have new and challenging experiences during a holiday vacation were more likely to be satisfied with their holiday experiences and their life in general. The paper concludes with recommendations for the success of tourism businesses as well as the enhancement of tourists' senses of well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Benefits of tourism
  • Life satisfaction
  • Recovery experience
  • Tourism and quality of life
  • Tourism and wellness
  • Tourism satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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