Robustness of Distance Decay for International Pleasure Travelers: A Longitudinal Approach

Hee Andy Lee, Basak Denizci Guillet, Chun Hung Roberts Law, Rosanna Leung

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Distance decay explains tourism demand in terms of destination distance from the origin. Although travelers tend to travel further over time, scant research studies have examined the relationship between temporal variant and distance decay. This study examines the relationship between distance and destination choice of Hong Kong international pleasure travelers' activity over a decade. A constant pattern of distance decay with two secondary peaks was identified for a decade. This study suggests a threshold of a three-hour flight for a five-day trip before demand declined exponentially. The findings imply that the no traveling zone would result from weak pulling power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-420
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


  • Distance decay
  • Hong Kong
  • International pleasure traveler
  • Threshold
  • Time-series approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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