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Health travel motivation and activities: insights fomr a mature market - Switzerland

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abstract This exploratory study investigates predictors (stated motivation and reported leisure activities) of health travel as opposed to a control group incorporating all other travel of the Swiss resident population, a well matured market.

An a-priori segmentation of more than 11,000 trip cases (health travel as opposed to non health travel) was chosen as means of methodological con-cept, and stepwise logistic regression of 25 types of motivations and 72 types of activities to-wards group membership served as means of analysis.

There appears to be a mature perception of health travel in the developed Swiss market, comprising rewarding elements of beauty, indulgence, and regeneration combined with demanding elements such as (challenging and stimulating) sports, including mountain biking, hiking, and golf.

The paper enhances the still slim body of knowledge on health travel.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Health tourism, health travel, market segmentation, health activities
   
project Travel Market Switzerland
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-4-2011
journal Tourism Review
publisher Emerald (Bingley UK)
ISSN 1660-5373
ISSN (online) 1759-8451
DOI 10.1108/16605371111127251
volume of journal 66
number of issue 1/2
page(s) 83-89
review double-blind review
   
citation Laesser, C. (2011). Health travel motivation and activities: insights fomr a mature market - Switzerland. Tourism Review, 66(1/2), 83-89, DOI:10.1108/16605371111127251.