To go or not to go: travel constraints and attractiveness of travel affecting outbound Chinese tourists to Japan

Ming Chu Lin, Hanqin Qiu, Qiushi Gu, Kang Lin Peng

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The fast growth of the Chinese economy has transformed Chinese outbound tourism into one of the major players in the tourism industry worldwide. However, Chinese outbound tourists may still encounter travel constraints in some countries, such as Japan, which has had a close and complicated relationship in history with China. This study adopted the qualitative approach by applying focus group and in-depth interviews to investigate and triangulate the travel barriers affecting Chinese outbound travel to Japan. The findings indicated that domestic nationalist sentiment played a key constraining role in influencing Chinese outbound travel decision-making, followed by current political factors, while quality products and service, as well as social environment encouraged tourists to travel. This research also found that visitors and non-visitors have perception differences in terms of travel barriers and attractiveness of travel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1184-1197
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017


  • attractiveness of travel
  • Chinese outbound tourists
  • Japan
  • Travel barriers
  • travel constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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