Tourism destination decisions: the impact of risk aversion and prior experience

Albert Nugraha*, Hamin Hamin, Greg Elliott

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This study broadly explores the impact of risk aversion on tourists' destination decisions and, in particular, explores for differences in individuals' leisure and medical tourism destination decisions. The results of this study indicate that risk aversion significantly distinguishes tourists' destination decisions in both leisure and medical tourism in Indonesia, but not in Singapore. All risk-averse groups are less likely to visit Indonesia than Singapore for leisure and medical purposes. By contrast, all risk-averse groups are likely to visit Singapore for leisure purposes, although they remain unlikely to travel to Singapore for medical tourism. In addition, the study found that the impact of prior experience on the likelihood that the two risk-averse groups will travel to Indonesia and Singapore for leisure was significant. Conversely, the effects of prior experience on medical tourism generally do not significantly differ between the two countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1274-1284
Number of pages11
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • analysis of variance
  • risk aversion
  • prior experience
  • leisure tourism
  • medical tourism


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