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The Role Of Climate Information In Tourist Destination Choice Decision-Making

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  • Jacqueline M. Hamilton

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    (Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg)

  • Maten A. Lau

Abstract

This study examines if tourists actively inform themselves about the climate of their planned destination. In addition, we examine where they inform themselves and at what point in the holiday decision-making process. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to tourists at the airport, international bus station, and the train station in Hamburg during July and August 2004. Of the 394 respondents, 73% stated that they informed themselves about the climate of their destination. Moreover, the majority of them informed themselves about climate before booking (42%). Nevertheless, a large percentage of the tourists sampled state that they informed themselves shortly before their trip. Interestingly, a significantly large share of the respondents said that they checked the weather at their destination in the week before their trip.

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Paper provided by Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University in its series Working Papers with number FNU-56.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
Date of revision: Nov 2004
Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:56

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Keywords: Tourist decision-making; destination image; information search; climate; weather;

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  1. Jacqueline M. Hamilton, 2004. "Climate and the Destination Choice of German Tourists," Working Papers 2004.21, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Witt, Stephen F. & Witt, Christine A., 1995. "Forecasting tourism demand: A review of empirical research," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 447-475, September.
  3. Jacqueline M. Hamilton & David J. Maddison & Richard S.J. Tol, 2003. "Climate Change And International Tourism: A Simulation Study," Working Papers FNU-31, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Sep 2003.
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Cited by:
  1. Mattia Cai & Roberto Ferrise & Marco Moriondo & Paulo A.L.D. Nunes & Marco Bindi, 2011. "Climate Change and Tourism in Tuscany, Italy. What if heat becomes unbearable?," Working Papers 2011.67, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  2. Gary W. Yohe & Richard S.J. Tol, 2007. "Precaution And A Dismal Theorem: Implications For Climate Policy And Climate Research," Working Papers FNU-145, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Aug 2007.
  3. Hamilton, Jacqueline M., 2007. "Coastal landscape and the hedonic price of accommodation," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(3-4), pages 594-602, May.
  4. Maren A. Lau & Richard S.J. Tol, 2006. "The Chinese Are Coming – An Analysis Of The Preferences Of Chinese Holiday Makers At Home And Abroad," Working Papers FNU-107, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Oct 2006.

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