The Effects of a Negative Travel Experience on Tourists' Decisional Behavior

Anna Pavesi, William Gartner, Basak Denizci Guillet

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This study examines the influence of a negative experience at a destination on tourists by identifying its effects on individuals' judgment. Empirical evidence of the tangible effects of a single travel experience on individuals' decision-making is lacking. Prospect theory and negativity bias theory are introduced for theoretical support. The ratings of generally important criteria for destination selection and the evaluation of the destination on those criteria were collected before and after visitation. A mean comparison showed that the effects of a single travel experience are tangible and affect tourists' future decisional behavior intentions by contributing to shaping the individuals' destination selection criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-433
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Albania
  • destination selection criteria
  • negative past travel experience
  • negativity bias theory
  • prospect theory
  • tourist decisional behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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