Considering Tobler's first law of geography in a tourism context Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 Despite potential benefits from applying Tobler's law in a tourism context, the law has been used sparingly within the tourism literature. This study seeks to expand the use of Tobler's law in tourism research by examining the relationship between tourists' distance travelled to a destination and the perceived degree of emotional closeness such visitors have with community residents. In doing so, visitor data from three uniquely distinct Texas destinations were analyzed. Results suggest that visitors to the destinations not only differed in their average travel distances, but also the perceived levels of emotional solidarity with residents. Results supported Tobler's law in a tourism context, whereby results indicated that the further an individual travelled to a destination, the less they agreed with feeling close to destination residents. Implications and future research direction opportunities are offered at the close of the work.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Joo, D., Woosnam, K. M., Shafer, C. S., Scott, D., & An, S.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Joo, Dongoh||Woosnam, Kyle M||Shafer, C Scott||Scott, David||An, Soyoung

publication date

  • January 2017