The effect of distance on tourism in Hong Kong: A comparison of short haul and long haul visitors

Ya Fang Bao, Robert Douglas McKercher

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This study reports on a pilot project examining the effect of distance on the profile and trip characteristics of vacation visitors to Hong Kong. Secondary data are used. The study reveals a clear long haul/short haul dichotomy in visitor profile and resultant behaviors in Hong Kong. Long haul tourists tend to be older, more affluent and view Hong Kong as a stop-over destination, whereas short haul visitors are younger, less affluent and see it as their main and only destination. The resultant socio-demographic and destination role differences translate into substantially different in-destination behavior patterns. The authors argue that these differences are, at least in part, a function of the discriminating effect that distance has on the ability of some people to travel to long haul destinations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008


  • Distance decay
  • Hong Kong
  • Trip characteristics
  • Visitor profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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