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“With a young spirit, we will be young forever”: exploring the links between tourism and ageing well in contemporary China

“With a young spirit, we will be young forever”: exploring the links between tourism and ageing well in contemporary China

Li, Tingting Elle and Chan, Eric T. H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9611-0949 (2021) “With a young spirit, we will be young forever”: exploring the links between tourism and ageing well in contemporary China. Tourism Management, 86:104345. ISSN 0261-5177 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2021.104345)

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Abstract

This research explores the entangled relationships between tourism, ageing and well-being in later life. We challenge the universal connotations of old age and “ageing well” and see their relationships with tourism as dynamic processes, in which older people are continuously producing different meanings and fulfilling personal quests over life courses. Using the contextualist and temporal lens, four scenarios of the evolving relationships between tourism and ageing well were identified from the lived experiences and travel histories of 48 Chinese senior travelers. The results demonstrate that how tourism affects ageing well are shaped by senior travellers’ early life and travel experiences, the personalised conceptions attached to tourism and well-being, which are indeed complex responses to their personal, social and cultural contexts. This research unveils vivid pictures of Chinese older adults’ leisure lives, and highlights the urgency to develop relevant tourism policies and marketing strategies to cater for their changing needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: senior tourists, ageing well, subjective well-being, contextualist, life course, contemporary China
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 16:02
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32959

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