Title

Understanding the motivations, information search needs and destination choice criteria of the medical tourist

Date of this Version

8-12-2010

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only.

Jotikasthira, N. & Cox, C. (2010). Understanding the motivations, information search needs and destination choice criteria of the medical tourist. Paper presented at the 8th APacCHRIE conference 2010: Integrating hospitality & tourism in Asia and Pacific, Phuket, Thailand.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 150600

© Copyright Nuttapong Jotikasthira & Carmex Cox, 2010

ISBN

979-616-7375-22-9

Abstract

Thailand is currently putting considerable effort into their attempts to attract a new type of traveller, the medical tourist, to visit their destination for a combination of health, medical and travel purposes. While significant research effort has been devoted to the ethical and legal issues related to medical tourism, relative limited research has focussed on the destination decision making process of people who choose to engage in medical tourism. This paper presents the results of an online survey which explores the travel motivations, information search behavior and destination choice criteria of a sample of prospective medical tourists to Thailand.

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