Smartphone adoption amongst Chinese youth during leisure-based tourism: challenges and opportunities

Michael O’ Regan*, He Chang

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the spread of Information communications technology (ICT) in China, the tourism industry has come to recognize the importance of examining the factors that influence adoption of smartphones during leisure-based tourism among Chinese youth, a vital segment in what the world’s greatest domestic, inbound, and outbound tourism market will be by 2020. Using data collected from undergraduate students at a university in China, this study, based on the technology acceptance model (TAM) and theory of reasoned action (TRA), found that an extended model can predict travelers’ intentions. A detailed profile of Chinese youth and their smartphone usage is provided, and the managerial implications of increased adoption of Internet-capable smartphones during leisure-based tourism are also explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-254
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of China Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Aug 2015


  • emotional attachment
  • leisure-based tourism
  • perceived ease of use
  • perceived usefulness
  • smartphone adoption
  • social influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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