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Understanding interactions between beggars and international tourists: The case of China

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posted on 09.03.2018, 00:00 by G Qiao, N Chen, Bruce Prideaux
Begging exists in developed as well as developing countries and in many jurisdictions is regarded as a criminal activity. In a tourism context, it is not uncommon to see begging-type activities in areas where tourists are present. Surprisingly, the literature has largely ignored begging as an issue of concern. This study examined the reaction of international tourists to encounters with beggars in China with a particular emphasis on the impact that an encounter with beggars could have on trip satisfaction. The study found that (1) elder beggars are still the most common types of beggars encountered by respondents; (2) giving money but refusing further communication with beggars was the most common reaction; (3) begging did not have a significant impact on overall trip satisfaction and (4) begging did not have a significant impact on the likelihood of revisiting China or a negative impact on future recommendations for travel to China. © 2016 Asia Pacific Tourism Association.

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Other

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Volume

22

Issue

3

Start Page

272

End Page

283

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1741-6507

ISSN

1094-1665

Publisher

Routledge

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Henan University of Technology; James Cook university; Henan University

Author Research Institute

Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research

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