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Facilitators and constraints in leisure travel participation: the case of the southeast of Portugal

Oriana Silva (Faculdade de Economia, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)
Antónia Correia (Faculdade de Economia, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Article publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to analyse facilitators and constraints of Portuguese south‐eastern residents face when making decisions for leisure travel participation.

Design/methodology/approach

The inquiry anchors on a case study research, supported by a theoretical sampling and data triangulation. The main findings result from an interpretative and comparative analysis of 48 long interviews.

Findings

The research findings suggest that the main determinants of leisure traveling decisions of Portuguese south‐eastern residents are motivations, travel companion, time and money. The study finds 35 other factors, most of which classified as structural factors. It also suggests that the decision to take leisure travels derives from the tourist's causal historical wave, and that most of the factors which influence the decision are aggregate ones rather than individual.

Research limitations/implications

The study limitations derive from the geographical and sampling scope of analysis, restricted to 48 Portuguese south‐eastern interviewees; but, it raises some interesting ideas which, if applied to a more extensive sample, may contribute to give insights of the usefulness of the ecological systems theory to explain tourist consumer behavior.

Originality/value

The study is the first to explore the decision for travel leisure participation from an ecological perspective in Portugal.

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Citation

Silva, O. and Correia, A. (2008), "Facilitators and constraints in leisure travel participation: the case of the southeast of Portugal", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 25-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506180810856121

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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