Master of Science in Hotel Administration
First Committee Member
Kurt Stahura, Chair
Number of Pages
Adventure tourism is a growing market segment in the US; the decision to participate in adventurous activities and the selection of risky destinations while on vacation involves ones risk perception about the physical risks that can lead to fatal results from these activities. Existing literature suggest that risk perception is a determinate in choosing a leisure activity and destination while on vacation and that level of tolerance to uncertainty can determine travel behavior (Floyd & Gibson, 2004; Fuchs & Reichel, 2006; Hofstede, 2001; Iso- Ahola, 1980, 1982; Money & Crotts, 2003; Reisinger & Mavondo, 2005). People who have high tolerance to risk and uncertainty and are seeking high risk activities and destinations are defined in the literature as sensations seekers. Research shows that high risk athletes are sensation seekers that would take risks for the sake of novelty experience and that their risk perception of risky activities is different that of non-athletes (Straub, 1982; Woitas-Slubowska, 2006; Zuckerman, 2007). This research will look at high risk athletes risk perceptions of risky destinations and activities to determine the probability of them participating in adventure tourism.
Adventure travel; Athletes – Travel; Risk perception; Risk-taking (Psychology); Tourism
Hospitality Administration and Management | Tourism and Travel
Magen, Tanir, "The Relationship between high risk athletes risk perception of adventurous activities, their travel destinations and their vacation travel patterns" (2008). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 551.