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Chance meetings, the destination paradox, and the social origins of travel: predicting traveler's whereabouts?
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. (Tourism)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6942-2816
2018 (English)In: Tourist Studies, ISSN 1468-7976, E-ISSN 1741-3206, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 417-441Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Have you ever unexpectedly met someone you already knew in a remote travel destination? Many people have or will at least a couple times in their travel biography. In this article, we theorize how such chance meetings help better understand the socially embedded nature of travel behavior and choice. We validate the underlying assumptions with an exploratory empirical study. By conceptualizing chance meetings and connecting them with social network theory, we get closer to predicting where people precisely travel and what activities they engage in at particular points in time. This socially embedded perspective transcends the importance of attractions and activities as object of reference between traveler and place. Broadly, these findings contribute to the discussion on the social origins of travel and on how choices are taken in travel.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 18, no 4, p. 417-441
Keywords [en]
chance meeting, destination, experiential corridors, paradox, social embeddedness, weak ties
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Economics and Business
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80635DOI: 10.1177/1468797617748292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80635DiVA, id: diva2:1289693
Available from: 2019-02-18 Created: 2019-02-18 Last updated: 2019-03-11Bibliographically approved

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