Perceived health benefits of nature-based tourism: The influences of tourists' involvement, restorative environment and health consciousness

Lingxu Zhou, Anyu Liu, Lin Wang, Ying Li, Xiaoyun Cheng

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Abstract

This study examines the influences of tourists' involvement, perceived restorative environments and health consciousness on their perceived physical, mental and social health benefits. The proposed model was empirically tested using a sample of 595 tourists who travelled to mountain sites after the strict lockdown in China. Tourists' perception of a restorative environment mediates the relationship between their involvement and perceived health benefits. Individual health consciousness positively moderates the effect of the restorative environment on perceived health benefits. This research connects tourist involvement, attention restoration theory and the health and wellness outcomes of nature-based tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-622
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Volume25
Issue number6
Early online date19 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • environmental psychology
  • health consciousness
  • nature-based tourism
  • perceived health benefits
  • restorative environment
  • tourists' involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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