Movement patterns of tourists within a destination

Robert Douglas McKercher, Gigi Lau

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This paper reports on a study analysing the movements of tourists within an urban destination. A total of 78 discrete movement patterns was identified, which can be categorized into 11 movement styles. Data were analysed using GIS software. The large number of movement patterns is a reflection of the interaction of six factors: territoriality, the number of journeys made per day, the number of stops made per journey, participation in a commercial day tour, participation in extra-destination travel and observed patterns of multi-stop journeys. The 11 movement styles were influenced by territoriality and intensity of consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-374
Number of pages20
JournalTourism Geographies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


  • GIS
  • Patterns
  • Spatial movement
  • Urban destination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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