Travel Life Cycles Vary Significantly with the Purpose of Travel

Collins, Darrian and Tisdell, Clem (2000) Travel Life Cycles Vary Significantly with the Purpose of Travel. Discussion Paper No. 276, Department of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Collins, Darrian
Tisdell, Clem
Title Travel Life Cycles Vary Significantly with the Purpose of Travel
School, Department or Centre Department of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Report Number Discussion Paper No. 276
Publication date 2000-07-01
Subject 350505 Tourism Economics
350504 Tourist Behaviour
Abstract/Summary By describing and discussing Australian data on outbound travel, this paper investigates the bimodal life cycle pattern predicted/observed by Lawson (1991) and Becker (1992). These authors’ theories are primarily based on the demand for holiday travel, but travellers do not merely travel overseas for holiday purposes. Trips overseas by Australians are split into 6 groups based on the purpose for travel, enabling the age-related life cycles of each group to be examined separately. It is found that holiday travel is bimodal, but outbound business travel and travel to attend conventions and conferences is unimodal. Travel for education and to visit friends and relatives are both unimodal, but skewed in opposite directions and travel for short-term employment is almost symmetrical. Differences in travel life cycles occur according to the purpose of travel. Although Australian outbound travel is used for this study, it is expected that the general patterns observed should at least apply to other countries with a similar background.
Keyword travel patterns
modes of travel
outbound travel

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