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A study of adaptive gambling behaviors of visitors from Mainland China to Macau

Zhonglu Zeng (Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, Macao)
Xing Wang (Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, Macao)
IpKin Anthony Wong (School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 6 October 2020

Issue publication date: 6 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The adaptation hypothesis suggests that gambling participation would gradually decline after an initial exposure to this activity. While this hypothesis was tested in pathological gambling among residents in Western countries, the present inquiry explores the hypothesis in a tourism context.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is focused on the Mainland Chinese gamblers. Convenience sampling was used. Data were collected outside participating casinos and at major attractions. A total of 498 valid responses were collected.

Findings

By assessing changes of the Mainland Chinese gambling perceptions (e.g. excitement and fallacy) and behaviors, results point to visitor gamblers' decrease in gambling excitement and fallacy as well as budget to income ratio.

Originality/value

By assessing changes of the Mainland Chinese gambling perceptions and behaviors, this research aims to contribute to the literature by demonstrating whether the Chinese gamblers have adapted and hence, are more rational about this recreational activity.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported jointly by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 7171101069) and The Science and Technology Development Fund of Macao (No. 020/2017/AFJ).

Citation

Zeng, Z., Wang, X. and Wong, I.A. (2022), "A study of adaptive gambling behaviors of visitors from Mainland China to Macau", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 547-558. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEDS-02-2020-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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