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Changing dynamics and travel evading: a case of Indian tourists amidst the COVID 19 pandemic

Gupta, Vikas and Cahyanto, Ignatius and Sajnani, Manohar and Shah, Chetan (2021) Changing dynamics and travel evading: a case of Indian tourists amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. Journal of Tourism Futures, TBC . TBC. ISSN 2055-5911

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Purpose – This study aims to analyse the factors that caused Indian tourists to avoid travelling abroad because of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. It will also identify the relationship between the perceived risk of travelling and the probability of travel evading in India owing to COVID-19. Design/methodology/approach – This study used an online structured questionnaire to collect data from Indian tourists to study six independent variables linked with their behavioural intentions (travel evading). The health belief model was used to examine tourist behaviour. Findings – The results revealed a positive correlation between the perceived risk associated with COVID-19 and travel avoidance. Familiarity with COVID-19 was positively correlated with travel evading behaviours. Practical implications – This study will assist stakeholders from around the world to adequately identify and thoroughly plan for logistical problems associated with travel such as travel insurance and pre-travel booking expenses to reduce travel evading behaviour and promote travel. Originality/value – While a few studies have been conducted related to pandemics (Ebola, MERS-CoV, SARS), there is a paucity of literature that examines the factors which influence tourists’ travel evading behaviour owing to COVID-19. Moreover, most of the previous literature on pandemics is concentrated on American and European countries, whereas studies on the Indian sub-continent are very scarce. This study will fill this gap and will identify the factors which influence tourists in India to evade travel in response to COVID-19

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions: School of Business and Management (SBM)
Depositing User: Vikas Gupta
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 02:25
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 02:25

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