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Chapter 2 Causal Factors of Seasonality and Temporal Imbalances in Tourism

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635840-5478

ISBN: 9781911635840

Published: June 2023

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Published in: Tourism: A temporal analysis

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635840-4702



The previous chapter established the prevalence of temporality in tourism, discussing dimensions, characteristics and terminologies of the phenomenon. It identified the traditional label of ‘seasonality’ as the main characterisation of temporal imbalances, while introducing ‘cyclical’ and ‘periodic’ dimensions, the latter more significant at micro-level, such as the availability or non-availability of tourism services within a shorter timeframe. The focus of this chapter is to unravel underlying causes of temporal fluctuations in tourism, to help build an understanding of why temporal peaks and troughs in demand patterns exist, what factors affect the temporal nature of consumers’ holiday and wider travel patterns and therefore in turn, influence service providers in terms of the availability, nature and pricing of their tourism services.

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  • Philip Goulding, Formerly Principal Lecturer in Tourism at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK (Editor)

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  • Philip Goulding, Formerly Principal Lecturer in Tourism at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK (Editor)

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Goulding, P. (2023) "Chapter 2 Causal Factors of Seasonality and Temporal Imbalances in Tourism" In: Goulding, P. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635840-5478


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