Heterogeneity in tourism motivations: The case of the Algarve

Jaime Serra, Antónia Correia, Paulo M M Rodrigues

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This chapter examines how motivational and behavioral indicators influence overnight stays of international tourists in the Algarve. The method includes a first selection of the motivations associating with high heterogeneity over the years considered, followed by a correlation matrix to assess how tourists' behavioral patterns relate with overnight stays. Behavioral patterns by year are defined based on motivations, socio-demographics, intentions, and lagged satisfaction. The correlation analysis was conducted using 15,542 observations collected at Faro international airport, from 2007 to 2010. The findings include 10 main motivations and reveal that these motivations are statistically different by country and over the years. This study contributes to the overall understanding of the dynamics of tourism demand.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourists’ Behaviors and Evaluations
Subtitle of host publication(Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research)
EditorsArch G. Woodside, Metin Kozak
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78441-171-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-78441-172-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Algarve
  • Demand
  • Motivation
  • Socio-demographics
  • Tourism


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