The Effect of Cultural Distance on Tourism: A Study of International Visitors to Hong Kong

Michael J. Ahn, Robert Douglas McKercher

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This study focuses on the impact of cultural distance on the behavior of international pleasure tourists who visited Hong Kong. It analyzes data drawn from the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Visitor Profile Report, and tests whether cultural distance has a similar impact on behavior as noted in previous studies examining physical distance. The study concludes that cultural distance exerts a modest impact on such attributes as demand, travel party composition, trip profile, behaviors, expenditure and satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-113
Number of pages20
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • cultural distance
  • distance decay
  • Hong Kong
  • tourist behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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