Consuming post-disaster destinations: The case of Sichuan, China

Avital Biran, Wei Liu, Gang Li, Victoria Eichhorn

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Addressing the call for a better understanding of tourist behavior in relation to post-disaster destinations, this study explores the motivations and intentions of potential domestic tourists (from non-hit areas) to visit Sichuan, China in the aftermath of an earthquake. Drawing on dark tourism theories, this study offers a more comprehensive insight into the consumption of post-disaster destinations, aiming to capture the impact of the changes to the destination's attributes on tourist behavior. The findings move beyond the common approach to tourism recovery, which solely focuses on reviving the traditional "non-dark" products. This study reveals the importance of newly formed dark attributes that emerge from the disaster as another means to destination recovery, reflected in the emergence of new tourist segments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark tourism
  • Destination recovery
  • Disaster
  • Intention
  • Motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Marketing
  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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