Sociodemographic and travel characteristics affecting the purpose of selecting Bangkok as a tourist destination

Chompoonut Suttikun, Hyo Jung Chang, C. Stephanie Acho, McDaniel Ubi, Hamilton Bicksler, Rosechongporn Komolsevin, Srisuda Chongsithiphol

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Bangkok, Thailand is in a unique position to benefit economically and has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, due to its function as a hub for international travel in Southeast Asia. Thus, this study examines how past experiences, age, income, gender, education level, occupation, and regions affect international tourists’ reasons to visit Bangkok. After conducting chi-square analysis on 400 participants, significant differences were found among the varying income levels, occupations, education levels, and regions of origin and their reasons for visiting Bangkok. However, no significant differences were found based on age and gender regarding reasons to visit Bangkok. As far as regions of origin, Europeans were most likely to visit Bangkok as a stopover in route to another destination. This lays the foundations for further research focusing on what Bangkok can do to increase their status as a destination for European travelers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-162
Number of pages11
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Bangkok
  • Past experience
  • motivation
  • sociodemographics
  • travel characteristics


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