Author: Yang, Shan
Title: Are you happy? Discovering tourism experience of family vacation
Advisors: Li, Mimi (SHTM)
Degree: DHTM
Year: 2020
Subject: Family vacations
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Pages: ix, 206 pages
Language: English
Abstract: Family forms the basis of human society regardless of culture or time. Though the family travel market has been frequently described as one of the largest and most stable markets in tourism industry, family as a consumptive unit has not received sufficient attention in the tourism and hospitality literature. Thus the current study addresses this issue via a conceptual diagram to illustrate the experiences of Chinese mothers, fathers, and children on family vacations. What does each family member look for when traveling with families? Are they "happy" during family vacations, and what makes them feel happy or otherwise?" When families vacation, the destination, itinerary, and activities form a family travel environment that stimulates emotions. However, family members have different interpretations (perception filter) and emotional responses to the same stimulus experience of family travel through psychological appraisal. Each family member forms their own experience, yet at the same time their experience and emotions are influenced by other family members—explained by social appraisal theory. Such experience and emotions will then in turn form or renew their perceptions and future decisions regarding family travel. The author also found that the discrepancy of the perceptions of parents on childcare duty allocation during travel between parents influences parents' travel experience; such influences were usually negative, and the greater the discrepancy, the greater the impact.
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