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2013

Tourists and severe weather - An exploration of the role of ‘Locus of Responsibility’ in protective behaviour decisions

Jeuring, J., & Becken, S.
Bibliographical information:
Jeuring, J., & Becken, S. (2013). Tourists and severe weather – An exploration of the role of ‘Locus of Responsibility’ in protective behaviour decisions. Tourism Management, 37(0), 193-202.

Abstract
Severe weather events can impact negatively on tourism and put tourists at risk. To reduce vulnerability, tourists should be aware of and be prepared for possible severe weather. Seeking risk information, a type of protective action behaviour, is an important way to reduce vulnerability. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated the role of Locus of Responsibility (LoR) for protection behaviour for severe weather, by linking it with Information Seeking and related intra-personal antecedents. LoR has previously been found to impact protective action decisions, but not within the context of severe weather and tourism. Our survey research among tourists in New Zealand provided evidence for three Loci of Responsibility; “Internal”, “Shared” and “External”. Significant differences between these groups were found for Information Seeking antecedents, though not for Information Seeking. Next, significant differences were found for weather information preferences, both source and content. Findings and implications for tourism and safety management in New Zealand are discussed.
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