Fanatics, fans or just good fun? Travel behaviours and motivations of the fanatic

  title={Fanatics, fans or just good fun? Travel behaviours and motivations of the fanatic},
  author={Joanne Mackellar},
  journal={Journal Of Vacation Marketing},
  pages={195 - 217}
  • J. Mackellar
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Business
  • Journal Of Vacation Marketing
Star Trekkers, hot-rodders, Elvis impersonators and NASCAR nuts all travel in order to indulge their interests, but who are these people and how far will they go to fulfil their fanatical dreams? This study attempts to discover more about this little understood tourist market, their needs and behaviours. The article draws together the disparate literature on fanaticism to present a model from which further analysis can occur. Accordingly, the examination begins with a psycho/social perspective… 

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