Title of Paper

Savoring and Positive Tourism Experience

Presenter Bios (50 Words)

1. Nanxi Yan

Nanxi is a PhD student from the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests are studying vacation-taking, positive emotions, and quality of life.

2. Elizabeth Halpenny

Elizabeth Halpenny, PhD, teaches and conducts research in the areas of tourism, marketing, environmental psychology and protected areas management. Elizabeth’s research focuses on individual's interactions with nature environments, tourism experience, and environmental stewardship. Current research projects include: (a) the effect of mobile digital technologies on visitors’ experiences: (b) the impact of World Heritage designation and other park-related brands on travel decision making; (c) individuals’ attitudes towards and stewardship of natural areas; and (d) children, health and nature.

Abstract (150 Words)

This research proposes that savoring, a process that can intensify, maintain, or dampen positive affect may assist in optimizing positive travel experiences. To achieve this research purpose, two studies have been conducted. The first study discusses what savoring strategies tourists may use when they are experiencing positive travel experiences. The second study is a meta-analysis which estimates the relationship between different savoring strategies and positive tourism experiences. This research contributes to theoretical understanding of how positive experiences are regulated during vacations, and how tourism providers may increase opportunities for their clients optimize the positive experience, potentially prolonging positive outcomes.

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Savoring and Positive Tourism Experience

This research proposes that savoring, a process that can intensify, maintain, or dampen positive affect may assist in optimizing positive travel experiences. To achieve this research purpose, two studies have been conducted. The first study discusses what savoring strategies tourists may use when they are experiencing positive travel experiences. The second study is a meta-analysis which estimates the relationship between different savoring strategies and positive tourism experiences. This research contributes to theoretical understanding of how positive experiences are regulated during vacations, and how tourism providers may increase opportunities for their clients optimize the positive experience, potentially prolonging positive outcomes.