This chapter examines how motivational and behavioral indicators influence overnight stays of international tourists in the Algarve. The method includes a first selection of the motivations associating with high heterogeneity over the years considered, followed by a correlation matrix to assess how tourists’ behavioral patterns relate with overnight stays. Behavioral patterns by year are defined based on motivations, socio-demographics, intentions, and lagged satisfaction. The correlation analysis was conducted using 15,542 observations collected at Faro international airport, from 2007 to 2010. The findings include 10 main motivations and reveal that these motivations are statistically different by country and over the years. This study contributes to the overall understanding of the dynamics of tourism demand.
The authors thank the 8th CPTHL scientific committee for useful comments and suggestions on an earlier version of this chapter.
Serra, J., Correia, A. and Rodrigues, P. (2014), "Heterogeneity in Tourism Motivations: The Case of the Algarve", Tourists’ Behaviors and Evaluations (Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 85-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1871-317320140000009010Download as .RIS
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