Study abroad motivations, destination selection and pre-trip attitude formation

Gyan Nyaupane, Cody Morris Paris, Victor Teye

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    This study examines the role of motivations, prior travel experience, social ties and destination choice in pre-trip attitude formation. The sample for this study is composed of a group of university students who recently participated in study abroad programs to the South Pacific or Europe. The results revealed that academic motivations and social ties influence students' destination selection for the study aboard program. Social motivation emerged as the most important factor that influences attitude toward the destinations prior to the trip. Further analysis found that the destination intended to visit mediates the effect of social motivation on pre-trip attitude formation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)205-217
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - May 2011


    • Attitude formation
    • Destination selection
    • Students travel
    • Study abroad

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Transportation
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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