WHO IS A TOURIST? A COMPARISON OF STRAIGHT LINE AND DRIVING DISTANCES

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the definition of a tourist calculated by travel distance and method used to calculate that distance has an effect on who is considered a tourist. Three commonly used travel distance oriented definitions of a tourist and two methods of calculation are offered for these purposes. The three definitions of a tourist used in this study were: (1) Travel distance of greater than 50 miles, (2) Travel distance of greater than 100 miles, and (3) Travel distance of greater than 50 miles including a night’s stay. The two methods of calculating travel distance were straight line distance and driving distance. This research found that both the definition of a tourist and the method of distance calculation had a significant effect on who was considered a tourist.

 

WHO IS A TOURIST? A COMPARISON OF STRAIGHT LINE AND DRIVING DISTANCES

The purpose of this study was to determine if the definition of a tourist calculated by travel distance and method used to calculate that distance has an effect on who is considered a tourist. Three commonly used travel distance oriented definitions of a tourist and two methods of calculation are offered for these purposes. The three definitions of a tourist used in this study were: (1) Travel distance of greater than 50 miles, (2) Travel distance of greater than 100 miles, and (3) Travel distance of greater than 50 miles including a night’s stay. The two methods of calculating travel distance were straight line distance and driving distance. This research found that both the definition of a tourist and the method of distance calculation had a significant effect on who was considered a tourist.