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Happier after vacation? Exploring the role of emotion regulation in tourists’ well-being

Presenter Bios (50 Words)

Dr. Jie Gao is an Assistant Professor of Tourism Marketing at Montclair State University, New Jersey (Email: jiegao@montclair.edu). Her research focuses on individuals’ emotions and well-being in travel and event-based contexts, and the degree to which their emotions influence consumer decision-making.

Dr. Ye Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing, Florida Atlantic University. Her research interest lies in tourist choice behavior prediction and intervention, psychological facilitation of travel pursuits, strategic hospitality service management, and also tourism/hospitality sustainability.

Dr. Mingfang Zhu is an Associate Professor of Tourism Management at Shenzhen Tourism College of Jinan University. Her research focuses on destination marketing and tourist behavior.

Dr. Yawei Wang is the Chair and an Associate Professor at the Department of Marketing, Montclair State University, New Jersey. Her research focuses on tourism and travel marketing with an emphasis on mature tourism and aging. She is also interested in sustainable tourism practices, and sports and tourism.

Abstract (150 Words)

This study is built on the theoretical foundation of emotion regulation, and aimed to examine whether changes in tourists’ well-being were due to use of Emotion Regulation Strategies (ERSs) during vacation. Travel diaries were used to record tourists’ use of ERSs on a daily basis, and tourists’ perceived well-being was measured one day before and after their vacation. Results indicated that those who used ERSs were more likely to indicate a higher sense of well-being after vacation. This study not only provide a longitudinal perspective of emotions and ERSs through the use of daily diaries, but also include new information regarding which aspects of tourists’ subjective and psychological well-being can be boosted by using different ERSs. Study results also shed light into the tourism field by how to provide memorable experiences that may lead to a boost in overall well-being.

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Happier after vacation? Exploring the role of emotion regulation in tourists’ well-being

This study is built on the theoretical foundation of emotion regulation, and aimed to examine whether changes in tourists’ well-being were due to use of Emotion Regulation Strategies (ERSs) during vacation. Travel diaries were used to record tourists’ use of ERSs on a daily basis, and tourists’ perceived well-being was measured one day before and after their vacation. Results indicated that those who used ERSs were more likely to indicate a higher sense of well-being after vacation. This study not only provide a longitudinal perspective of emotions and ERSs through the use of daily diaries, but also include new information regarding which aspects of tourists’ subjective and psychological well-being can be boosted by using different ERSs. Study results also shed light into the tourism field by how to provide memorable experiences that may lead to a boost in overall well-being.