What determines whale watching tourists’ expenditure? A study from Hervey Bay, Australia

Jyoti Mitra, Clevo Wilson, Shunsuke Managi, Parvinder Kler, Prabha Prayaga, Uttam Khanal

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Abstract

In Australia, whale watching has become a popular tourist attraction at a number of sites along the east coast of Australia and contributes significantly to their regional economies. This study assesses the determinants of whale watching tourism expenditure at Hervey Bay located on the Fraser Coast in Queensland. A survey was conducted which derived individual micro-level data from tourists on whale watching tours at Hervey Bay during the months of July to October. Using both linear and quantile regression models, the main determinants of tourism expenditure are revealed. The results show that, in addition to income and origin, tourism expenditure is significantly driven by socio-economic, trip-related and psychographic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-1141
Number of pages8
JournalTourism Economics
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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