Travelers' Perceptions of Crisis Preparedness Certification in the United States

Lori Pennington-Gray, Ashley Schroeder, Betty Wu, Holly Donohoe, Ignatius Cahyanto

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This study aimed to understand travelers' perceptions about the benefits of tourism crisis preparedness certification and its potential to positively influence the travelers' destination decision-making process. A survey of U.S. households revealed that, in general, travelers are neutral or not sure about certification and its relationship to safety, benefits, and future travel. The main predictors of likelihood to travel to a certified tourism prepared destination were as follows: (1) I have a great deal of confidence in such a crisis certification process; (2) I would feel safer when visiting a certified crisis prepared travel destination; (3) A certified crisis prepared destination would be safer to visit than one that is not; and (4) a crisis prepared certification benefits the visitor. The findings imply a need for a clear definition and conceptualization of tourism crisis preparedness certification. By extension, the benefits of certification should be articulated to travelers so they can make informed travel decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-365
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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