A latent class approach to examining migrant family travel behavior

Aaron Yankholmes, Bob McKercher, Nigel Leroy Williams

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Despite numerous studies suggesting the presence or absence of children influence
family vacation travel, there has been little focus on migrant families. Latent class
analysis was used to create empirically derived travel behaviour clusters of Western
professional migrant families with and without children based on their motive to move, self-concept and how they construct a sense of home in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions of China. The analysis identified six distinct classes. Three groups were families without children and the rest were those with children. Each segment has markedly different travel behavior patterns with differences in demographic and migration characteristics also apparent. Implications for tourism management and future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages36
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 30 Jun 2021


  • Western professional migrant
  • latent class analysis
  • 15 travel behavior
  • motive to move
  • sense of belonging
  • self-concept


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