Tourism Attraction Systems. Exploring cultural behavior

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Attractions are vital sub-elements in all whole tourism systems, and yet their study suffers from lack of theoretical depth and empirical foundation. This paper presents an empirical exploration of the attraction system model, based on a survey of over 6,000 tourists to cultural attractions. The results provide strong support both for the general structure of the model and for the idea that tourists are "pushed" towards attractions by their motivations. Visitation is shown to be strongly related to motivation, attraction markers, use of different media, and touristic characteristics. Potential areas of development for the model are suggested, including more consideration of the relationship between agency and structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1064
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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