Travel personae of American pleasure travelers: A network analysis

Sangwon Park, Iis P. Tussyadiah, Josef A. Mazanec, Daniel R. Fesenmaier

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Travel style has been shown to be a useful concept for understanding travelers. In this study it is argued that the portfolio of trips (specifically, the portfolio of various trip styles) one takes can be used to describe his/her overall travel persona. Network analysis was used to examine the structural relationships between types of trips based upon the assumption that each travel style may be considered as a "node," and its association with other travel styles may be represented by the links within the network. Analyses indicate that American travelers take on a wide range of different travel personae which, in turn, are related to their choices of places visited and their response to advertising materials. It was concluded that the framework provided by these findings along with new tools on the Internet offer the potential to develop highly personalized communications with existing and potential visitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-811
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Destination Marketing
  • Internet
  • Network Analysis
  • Travel Persona
  • Travel Styles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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