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Perceptions of personal risk in tourists’ destination choices: nature tours in Mexico
European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation
  • Gregory E. Osland, Butler University
  • Robert Mackoy, Butler University
  • Marleen McCormick, Butler University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-1-2017
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DOI
https://doi.org/10.1515/ejthr-2017-0002
Abstract
Terrorism, pandemic diseases, and other threatening events have recently heightened the sense of personal risk for tourists considering international travel. This article addresses the paucity of research assessing perceptions of risk both before and during travel to risky destinations. Tourists on two nature tours in Mexico were interviewed and observed while engaged in the travel. Many types of specific perceived risks were uncovered, including insect-borne disease, traffic accidents, financial losses, and unattained goals. Some correlates of perceived risk were tour company reputation, stage of family life cycle, age, and motivation. Based on the types of perceived risk and the factors, five propositions are discussed. One unexpected proposition addresses the role of age and states that as the perceived years of physical ability to travel decreases, the tolerance for safety risk increases. Another proposes that eco-tourists with intense, destination- specific motivations are more tolerant of travel risk than those with casual and/or social motivations. The article concludes with suggestions for tour industry managers and directions for future research.
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This article was originally published in European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, 2017, Volume 8, Issue 1.

Citation Information
Gregory E. Osland, Robert Mackoy and Marleen McCormick. "Perceptions of personal risk in tourists’ destination choices: nature tours in Mexico" European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 1 - 13
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gregory_osland/31/