People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home


 
30/06/2021

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home

Attraction to foreignness constitutes a central reason for travel. Drawing on research from social and evolutionary psychology, TCM researchers Astrid Nørfelt, Florian Kock & Alexander Josiassen provide the first investigation of tourism xenophilia (TXI), defined as ‘individuals attraction towards the perceived foreignness of destinations’.

Across three studies they conceptualized, developed, and applied a reliable, valid, and parsimonious TXI scale. The scale explains several important tourist and resident behaviors, for instance willingness to engage with locals, willingness to stay at B&B, intention to try local food, resident hospitability, support for immigration policies, and travel to foreign destinations. The authors also empirically investigate three key antecedents of TXI: promotion focus, boredom proneness, and mind-wandering.

The study’s implications for tourism academics and practitioners are many - The extensive research article can be found here https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0047287519883037 (Published in the Journal of Travel Research).

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Sidst opdateret: Center for Tourism and Culture Management // 30/06/2021