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Visitors' Motivations on Jeju April 3rd Peace Park: A Comparative Study of Local Residents and Tourists

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2011, 35(6), pp.79-97
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Hye-Won, Jang 1 김태훈 2 정철 3

1제주대학교
2문화체육관광부
3한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examined the differences of motivational characteristics between local residents and tourists who visited JeJu April 3rd Peace Park, which a Korean dark tourism destination. Data were conveniently collected from 288 visitors at the park from December 2009 to April 2010. Based on the review of related literature 22 items of dark tourism motivation were developed. Results of a factor analysis yielded five factors of dark motivations(i.e., historicity, escape from everyday life, family and social togetherness, education, and attractiveness of the site). Results also indicated that there were statistically significant differences between residents and tourists in terms of their motivations to visit the park. Specifically, in terms of historicity and education motivation, tourist had significant higher motivations than the local residents had. In contrast, in terms of escape from everyday life and family/social togetherness, and attractiveness of the site, the residents had higher motivations than the tourists had.

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