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Travel Motivation during COVID-19: A Case from Nepal

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Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies, Motooka 744, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
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Faculty of Business Administration, Soka University, Tangimachi 1-236, Hachioji 192-8577, Japan
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Academic Editors: Jun Li, Mang He, Wei Tao, Amy Siu Ian SO and Mark A. Bonn
Sustainability 2022, 14(12), 7165; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127165
Received: 13 April 2022 / Revised: 8 June 2022 / Accepted: 9 June 2022 / Published: 10 June 2022
The tourism industry is one of the most affected industries by the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding travel motivation is necessary for the tourism movement, even in the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, this quantitative study aimed to explore travel motivation and its determinants. We collected 181 samples through a web-based questionnaire survey of the Nepali people in January and February 2021. The data were analyzed using a probit regression model through two different travel companion perspectives, i.e., traveling with friends and traveling with family members. We found that travel motivation, attributes, travel purpose, and transport mode preferences differed in companion groups. Specifically, those who want to travel with friends are government employees, 20–29 years of age, set health and wellness purposes, choose the bike for transportation, are less willing to visit homestay and agritourism, and want to travel for around one week. Those who plan to travel with family members use the coach to travel, choose rural destinations, including villages, and spend around two weeks. Based on these findings, we suggest that the Nepalese tourism destination and public transport companies make tourism packages targeting the groups. Since both groups showed interest in visiting rural destinations, we can say that tourism in rural destinations may revive earlier than urban tourism after the pandemic. However, a low-risk travel environment should be ensured for traveling to attract more tourists during and the post-disaster. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; crisis; motivation; Nepal; pandemic; probit; South Asia; tourism; travel; travel motivation COVID-19; crisis; motivation; Nepal; pandemic; probit; South Asia; tourism; travel; travel motivation
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Bhatta, K.; Gautam, P.; Tanaka, T. Travel Motivation during COVID-19: A Case from Nepal. Sustainability 2022, 14, 7165. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127165

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Bhatta K, Gautam P, Tanaka T. Travel Motivation during COVID-19: A Case from Nepal. Sustainability. 2022; 14(12):7165. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127165

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Bhatta, Kumar, Prakash Gautam, and Toshinori Tanaka. 2022. "Travel Motivation during COVID-19: A Case from Nepal" Sustainability 14, no. 12: 7165. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127165

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