Modeling tourist movements: A local destination analysis

Alan Lew, Robert Douglas McKercher

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Models depicting the spatial movement patterns of tourists within a destination are proposed in this paper. They are developed using an inductive approach based on urban transportation modeling and tourist behavior, to identify explanatory factors that could influence movements. Factors identified included a set of destination characteristics and a set of tourist characteristics that influence decisionmaking and behavior. These factors influence movement patterns in two ways, resulting in four types of territorial and three linear path models. Understanding the movement of tourists within a destination has practical applications for destination management, product development, and attraction marketing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-423
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Behavior
  • Itinerary models
  • Spatial movement
  • Transportation planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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