Presenter Bios

Lintje Sie, a PhD candidate in the School of Business at The University of Queensland in Australia. Her current research interest is cased in terms of understanding older traveler's travel-related lifestyles or motivations and decision making behaviors, and how these serve to impact their experiences, lifelong learning and well-being.

Dr. Kelly Virginia Phelan is a Senior Lecturer and Doctoral Program Coordinator in the School of Business at The University of Queensland in Australia. She conducts research related to marketing and tourism development in emerging destinations. Prior to entering academia, she worked for the Walt Disney Corporation and Caesar’s Entertainment.

Shane Pegg, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Tourism Cluster of the UQ Business School at The University of Queensland, Australia. He has been involved in a wide array of research and consultancy projects related to tourism and event management. He has a particular interest in the co-production of accessible tourism and leisure service experiences.

Abstract

This study attempts to develop a comprehensive understanding of the older adult educational tourism experiences through exploring the relationship between self-determined motivations, preferred tour attributes, memorable experiences, emotions, overall satisfaction, behavioral intentions and life satisfaction. By applying a concurrent mixed method design, the data will be collected from both pre-post travel surveys and semi structured interviews completed by Australians (50 years old or older) who participate in both domestic and international educational tour packages. It is anticipated the results of this study will demonstrate that educational tourism experiences provide a path to personal growth and the discovery of new meaning in life for older travelers with such journeys offering not only an opportunity to escape from everyday life but also a ‘transitional’ or temporary platform for reflection which ultimately a mean to achieve purpose, meaning and joy in life.

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Exploring Older Adult Educational Tourism Experiences, Satisfaction and Well-being: A Pre-Post Travel Approach

This study attempts to develop a comprehensive understanding of the older adult educational tourism experiences through exploring the relationship between self-determined motivations, preferred tour attributes, memorable experiences, emotions, overall satisfaction, behavioral intentions and life satisfaction. By applying a concurrent mixed method design, the data will be collected from both pre-post travel surveys and semi structured interviews completed by Australians (50 years old or older) who participate in both domestic and international educational tour packages. It is anticipated the results of this study will demonstrate that educational tourism experiences provide a path to personal growth and the discovery of new meaning in life for older travelers with such journeys offering not only an opportunity to escape from everyday life but also a ‘transitional’ or temporary platform for reflection which ultimately a mean to achieve purpose, meaning and joy in life.