Investigating attraction compatibility in an East Texas city Academic Article uri icon


  • The study was undertaken in Tyler, Texas, a city of 83000 population in which the primary tourism attraction is the Caldwell Zoo. The focus was on the compatibility of ancillary attractions to the zoo and their role in adding to the city's cumulative attraction. A sample of 1559 zoo visitors were surveyed. The results revealed that (i) there was a high degree of compatibility between the zoo and other attractions within the city; (ii) tourism spending by those travelling more than 60 miles was significantly higher than those travelling fewer than 60 miles; (iii) expenditures increased as the number of additional attractions visited increased, but started to decrease when the number of attractions totalled to five or more; and (iv) the number of additional attractions visited decreased as the distance travelled increased. Copyright 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Tourism Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Hunt, M. A., & Crompton, J. L.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Hunt, Michael A||Crompton, John L

publication date

  • May 2008