Destination choice model for transitional travel: College students in China

Joy(Zhuowei) Huang, Liping A. Cai

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The current study examines the phenomenon of transitional travel by college students in China. The transitional travel takes place during that period when students are graduating and about to embark on a new phase of their lives. A conceptual model of destination choice for such travel is developed. The data was derived from personal interviews with 14 college students by telephone with both prescribed and open-ended questions. The model consists of five components: 1) barriers to transitional travel, 2) motivations for transitional travel, 3) internal inputs, 4) external inputs, and 5) destination selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-699
Number of pages3
JournalTourism Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • College students
  • Destination choice
  • Transitional travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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