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Tourist travel attitudes: Perceptions of tourism destinations in the aftermath of a hurricane

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2021

This study aimed to find how tourists perceived destinations in the aftermath of a hurricane. A literature review found relevant information on the topic and focused on New Orleans’ and New York’s response, recovery, and rehabilitation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, respectively. Response approaches to both destinations were critiqued and relevant data was identified, indicating successful or unsuccessful approaches. Literature on disaster management, destination authenticity/destination image, response, and lessons learned were compared and analysed. A gap in information found were the factors that influenced tourists’ decisions to travel to destinations such of these, post-hurricane. A methodology was used to find the most appropriate way to gather data relevant to the topic for analysis, and a web-based survey was chosen based upon the needs of this study. Responses were analysed, and significant data was identified, discussed, and related to literature review. Conclusions were made based on statistically significant data found and from survey results. Recommendations were then made for future studies that may relate to this research.

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