Understanding Tourist Movement Patterns in a Destination: A GIS Approach

Gigi Lau, Robert Douglas McKercher

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This paper presents preliminary findings of research examining the movement patterns of tourists within a destination. The study focuses on fully independent individual travellers visiting Hong Kong. Little research has been conducted looking at movements within a destination. Macro or inter-destination movement patterns may inform intra-destination movements. Factors affecting tourists' choices of itineraries give reasons to support the shaping of the patterns. These factors include human factors (type of individual, travel party, motivations, etc), physical factors (destination geomorphology), trip factors (main or secondary destination, first-time or repeat visitor, etc) and the time factor (length of stay in destination, total trip duration). Geographic Information System is used for documenting spatial—temporal movements of tourists through mapping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • geographic information system (GIS)
  • Hong Kong
  • spatial movement
  • travel itineraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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