The [Limited] Impact of Weather on Tourist Behavior in an Urban Destination

Robert Douglas McKercher, Noam Shoval, Eerang Park, Alon Kahani

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This study evaluated the impact of actual weather encountered and perceptions of the comfort of the weather on tourist movements in Hong Kong. Data were collected using both questionnaire surveys and Global Positioning System tracking devises. Prior research conducted in nonurban areas suggests that weather has a significant impact on tourist behavior. This study determined that urban tourists are more weather resilient, as neither actual nor perceived weather affected behavior to any great extent. Perceived comfort levels did affect satisfaction for a small minority of visitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-455
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2015


  • climate
  • GIS
  • urban tourism
  • weather

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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