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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2251; doi:10.3390/su9122251

A Social Network Analysis of Tourist Movement Patterns in Blogs: Korean Backpackers in Europe

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Department of Hotel Management, College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Department of Culture, Tourism & Contents, College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Received: 27 October 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 5 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mobile Technology and Smart Tourism Development)
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Abstract

Given recent developments in information and communication technology, the number of individual tourists enjoying free travel without the advice of travel agencies is increasing. Therefore, such tourists can visit more tourist destinations and create more complex movement patterns than mass tourists. These tourist movement patterns are a key factor in understanding tourist behavior and they contain various information that is important for tourism marketers. In this vein, this study aims to investigate tourist movement patterns in Europe. We acquired 122 data points from posts on the NAVER blog, which is the most famous social media platform in Korea. These data were transformed into matrix data for social network analysis and analyzed for centrality. The results suggest that Korean backpackers in Europe tend to enter Europe through London and Paris. Venezia and Firenze are also key cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart tourism; tourist movement patterns; social network analysis; sustainable tourism; Korean backpackers; European cities; mobile devices smart tourism; tourist movement patterns; social network analysis; sustainable tourism; Korean backpackers; European cities; mobile devices
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Chung, H.C.; Chung, N.; Nam, Y. A Social Network Analysis of Tourist Movement Patterns in Blogs: Korean Backpackers in Europe. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2251.

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