Post-pandemic dark tourism in former epicenters

Yanting Cai, Gang Li, Chang Liu, Long Wen

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As one of the first studies to explore the joint consumption of both leisure and pandemic-related tourism products in former pandemic epicenters, this research expands the scope of dark tourism to include former pandemic epicenters. The motivational determinants of intention to visit leisure and pandemic-related sites are empirically identified using an ordered logit model. This is the first study which formally proposes patriotism as a new push motive in stimulating people to visit post-disaster destinations. The identified segmentations of tourists with different levels of push–pull motives and socio-demographic features provide key stakeholders and practitioners in former epicenters with a systematic recovery plan in the post-pandemic era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-199
Number of pages25
JournalTourism Economics
Issue number1
Early online date6 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished Online - 6 Aug 2021


  • cluster analysis
  • factor analysis
  • intention to visit
  • ordered logit regression
  • post-disaster tourism
  • push and pull motives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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