Tourism expenditure patterns in China

Vera Shanshan Lin, Rui Mao, Haiyan Song

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Using China's urban household survey data for 2002-2009, this study compares the impacts of the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of urban household expenditure on tourism in different age cohorts. The life cycle age profiles of group-tour and non-group tour expenditures are obtained by decomposing total household expenditure. The results show that the age profile of total tourism expenditure is hump-shaped, which conforms to consumers' income discretionary expenditure cycles. The age profile of group-tour expenditure is hump-shaped whereas that of non-group tour expenditure is S-shaped, corresponding to the substitution of group and non-group tours as children grow older. The implications are discussed in the context of tourism marketing with a view to providing useful segmentation information for tourism decision makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-117
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


  • China
  • Hodrick-Prescott filter
  • Socio-demographic and economic characteristics
  • Urban household survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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