Incidental Weather Effects on Tourists’ Flight Booking Behavior

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Tourism research has long been interested in the role that weather plays in shaping tourist preferences and behavior. For example, Wilkins, de Urioste-Stone, Weiskittel and Gabe (2017) identify the relative influence of twenty-two weather variables at the destination location as predictors of tourism spending. Becken, (2012) investigated the intra-annual seasonality and inter-annual variation on visitor nights based upon weather showing that temperature has a significant impact on seasonality, scenic flight operation and visitation to a visitor center. Further, Becken & Wilson (2013) identified three tourist segments based on the extent to which weather influences their behavior regarding changes of existing travels plans. This conference presentation is the initial conceptual exploration of understanding incidental influences of weather in the home country on tourists' booking behavior of flights to overseas destinations.

 

Incidental Weather Effects on Tourists’ Flight Booking Behavior

Tourism research has long been interested in the role that weather plays in shaping tourist preferences and behavior. For example, Wilkins, de Urioste-Stone, Weiskittel and Gabe (2017) identify the relative influence of twenty-two weather variables at the destination location as predictors of tourism spending. Becken, (2012) investigated the intra-annual seasonality and inter-annual variation on visitor nights based upon weather showing that temperature has a significant impact on seasonality, scenic flight operation and visitation to a visitor center. Further, Becken & Wilson (2013) identified three tourist segments based on the extent to which weather influences their behavior regarding changes of existing travels plans. This conference presentation is the initial conceptual exploration of understanding incidental influences of weather in the home country on tourists' booking behavior of flights to overseas destinations.