Household Expenditures for Leisure Tourism in the USA, 1996 and 2006
Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 197–208, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Zheng, B. and Zhang, Y. (2013), Household Expenditures for Leisure Tourism in the USA, 1996 and 2006. Int. J. Tourism Res., 15: 197–208. doi: 10.1002/jtr.880
- Issue online: 7 MAR 2013
- Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 18 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 31 JUL 2010
- household consumption;
- leisure travel;
- Consumer Expenditure Survey
Using Consumer Expenditure Survey data, this study compares the different impacts of household socio-economic characteristics on leisure travel expenditure patterns between 1996 and 2006. The total expenditure is divided into food/beverage, lodging, transportation and sightseeing/entertainment to examine more specific changes. Results indicate that family size, gender, number of elderly family members, race and region/location had different impacts on leisure trip consumption patterns in 1996 and 2006. There is no evident change for the income elasticities of four categories between these two years. The upward direction in high-income households reflects the potential for luxury sightseeing and entertainment activities. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.