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Effects of Significant Companion on Tourist Experiences in Tourism Destination

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2013, 37(6), pp.245-264
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Hyejin Yoon 1 Kim Chulwon 2

1Indiana University(Bloomington, IN)
2경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

A quality of tourist experience and the tourist satisfaction are influenced by his/her interaction with natural environment, man-made environment, travel companion, and the others on destination. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore how the significant tourists’ companion affects tourists’ experience as well as a value of tourist experience and satisfaction, adopting the empirical research. This study found that as the direct effect, the tourists’ companion positively influenced their tourism experience, while as an indirect effect, the tourism value, the destination satisfaction, and the overall satisfaction were influenced by tourists’ companion. The results also revealed that tourist experience with his/her companion positively affected the tourism value directly, the destination satisfaction, and the overall satisfaction indirectly. The results suggested greater attention should be paid to the importance of tourist companion into tourism studies and it can make an contribute to recognizing the hidden body of knowledge in terms of symbolic interaction between tourist experience and companion’s meanings.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.