Tourism and identity-related motivations: why am I here (and not there)?
Article first published online: 15 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 430–442, September/October 2013
How to Cite
Bond, N. and Falk, J. (2013), Tourism and identity-related motivations: why am I here (and not there)?. Int. J. Tourism Res., 15: 430–442. doi: 10.1002/jtr.1886
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 15 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 20 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 18 AUG 2011
- identity development;
This paper examines past and present literature relating to identity development and identity-related tourism motivation. It presents a theoretical model of identity-related tourism motivation that is based on multidimensional rather than unidimensional theories of identity as well as acknowledging both individual and social influences on identity development. It is argued that identity-related motivations are fundamental to all tourist experiences and vital to understanding not only why individuals engage in tourism but what benefits they derive from the experience, suggesting that tourism is often used by individuals as a means to explore, maintain and even disengage from particular aspects of identity. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.