Understanding tourists’ policing attitudes and travel intentions towards a destination during an on-going social movement
AffiliationMacau University of Science and Technology; University of Chester; I-Shou University
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AbstractPurpose Policing activities aim to provide a safe environment for tourists. With the recent major protests that have erupted around the world, and the novel use of excessive police force against protestors, people may wonder if the policing deployment is for destination safety or to deter tourists from visiting. This paper aims to investigate anti-police and pro-police attitudes and tourists' behavioural responses towards a popular destination experiencing an ongoing social movement. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected between December 2019 and January 2020 (during the social movement). An online survey with a snowball sampling method was adopted to reach international tourists who were aware of the social movement in Hong Kong. Findings The results revealed that an individual with an anti-police attitude was found to be related to cognitive and affective destination images and perceived risks while those holding a pro-police attitude were more concerned with destination images only. No significant correlation was found between attitudes towards policing and travel intention. Originality/value This research presents a first attempt to investigate the relationship between tourists' policing attitudes and their behavioural responses during an ongoing social movement in a popular destination city.
CitationLai, M. T. H., Yeung, E., & Leung, R. (2022). Understanding tourists' policing attitudes and travel intentions towards a destination during an ongoing social movement. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-11-2021-0312
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