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Measuring Tourism motivation: Do Scales matter?

Huang, Songshan (Sam) (2009): Measuring Tourism motivation: Do Scales matter? Published in: TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism , Vol. 5, No. 1 (15 April 2010): pp. 153-162.

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Measuring tourist motivation has always been a challenging task for tourism researchers. This paper aimed to increase the understanding of tourist motivation measurement by comparing two frequently adopted motivation measurement approaches: self-perception (SP) and importance-rating (IR) approaches. Results indicated that both SP and IR scales were highly reliable in terms of internal consistency. However, respondents tended to rate more positively in the SP scale than in the IR scale. Factor analyses extracted similar underlying structures from the two measurements, with each factor explaining almost the same amount of variances across the two scales. The study suggested that both scales could be regarded as appropriate instruments for measuring tourist motivation, because they seemed to measure the same underlying construct with high reliability.

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