Self-Expressiveness in Sport Tourism: Determinants and Consequences

Michael Bosnjak, Carroll A. Brown, Dong Jin Lee, Grace B. Yu, M. Joseph Sirgy

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This study develops and tests a model of self-expressiveness in sport tourism, defined as the extent to which a tourist perceives that a sport activity is reflective of his or her personal identity. Self-expressiveness in a sport activity experienced by a tourist should depend on the activity’s perceived difficulty, perceived effort, perceived importance, and potential for self-realization. In turn, a tourist’s self-expressiveness in a sport activity should exert a positive influence on the tourist’s experience of personal happiness (subjective well-being). The results of two surveys involving 1,251 travelers who participated in a dance festival (study 1) and ski activities (study 2) during their vacations confirm the hypotheses, revealing several interesting theoretical and managerial implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-134
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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