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Tourism is not only seen by tourists as an opportunity for recreation, relaxation and way to visit some other distant areas and peripheries, but also as a mean to express their social status. They actually use their travel as a pathway to reconfirm to friends, relatives and colleagues their social positioning, and they usually perceive it as an interconnection between their social class and the distance of voyage they do. Using a conducted research in air travelers from three different nationalities, this paper examines the connecting parts towards distance, trip cost, and origin versus destination similarities in culture and human behavior, and tourists’ expression of perceived social status. It finally proposes a model dealing with the expression of social status through tourism voyage and cultural differentiation.

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The Expression Of Perceived Social Status Through Tourism

Tourism is not only seen by tourists as an opportunity for recreation, relaxation and way to visit some other distant areas and peripheries, but also as a mean to express their social status. They actually use their travel as a pathway to reconfirm to friends, relatives and colleagues their social positioning, and they usually perceive it as an interconnection between their social class and the distance of voyage they do. Using a conducted research in air travelers from three different nationalities, this paper examines the connecting parts towards distance, trip cost, and origin versus destination similarities in culture and human behavior, and tourists’ expression of perceived social status. It finally proposes a model dealing with the expression of social status through tourism voyage and cultural differentiation.