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The paper discusses the role of gender, residence, and past experience with hurricanes in affecting tourists’ voluntary evacuation in the event of hurricanes. Specifically the study examines how the aforesaid variables influence perceived credibility of the information source and how such perception is translated into actual information search behaviors leading to a voluntary evacuation decision. The paper is guided by utility maximization under environmental risks and bounded rationality. The findings indicate that the aforesaid variables significantly influence the perception of the credibility of information sources and information search behaviors leading to voluntary evacuation decisions. Implications of the findings are also discussed

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Gender, Residence, Past Experience and Communication in Tourist Hurricane Evacuation

The paper discusses the role of gender, residence, and past experience with hurricanes in affecting tourists’ voluntary evacuation in the event of hurricanes. Specifically the study examines how the aforesaid variables influence perceived credibility of the information source and how such perception is translated into actual information search behaviors leading to a voluntary evacuation decision. The paper is guided by utility maximization under environmental risks and bounded rationality. The findings indicate that the aforesaid variables significantly influence the perception of the credibility of information sources and information search behaviors leading to voluntary evacuation decisions. Implications of the findings are also discussed