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Ethics of Chinese & Western tourists in Hong Kong

Denis Tolkach, Stephen Pratt and Christine Y.H. Zeng

Annals of Tourism Research, 2017, vol. 63, issue C, 83-96

Abstract: The potential for tension between tourists and residents due to tourist behaviour is rising. In such environment, understanding tourists’ ethical judgments of different scenarios is important. This study asks tourists and residents to ethically evaluate five different scenarios, using a multidimensional ethics scale and rate the likelihood they are to engage in these scenarios while at home and on vacation. An intercept survey of 1827 questionnaires were collected from Hong Kong residents, Mainland Chinese and Western tourists. Teleological ethical theories may justify actions that are deemed ethically inappropriate by deontology or ethics of justice. Western tourists are more likely to engage in unethical behaviour on holidays than at home. For Mainland Chinese visitors, the opposite is true.

Keywords: Ethics; Relativism; Multidimensional ethics scale; Scenario; Hong Kong (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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