Online travel purchase behavior of generational cohorts: A longitudinal study

Srikanth Beldona, Khaldoon Nusair, Frederick Demicco

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Little is known about the evolutionary purchase behaviors of genera¬tional cohorts when it comes to online travel purchase behavior. In this study, change in online travel purchase behavior between early 2000 and late 2004 was examined to distinguish changes among generational cohorts. While significant increases in travel purchase behavior were found between the two time periods as a whole, baby boomers reported the greatest aggregate increases in the likelihood of travel purchase behavior compared to Generation Xers and the seniors segment. The study used a synthesis of literature across the areas of technology adoption theory, e-commerce and sociology. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-420
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Leisure Marketing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Baby boomers
  • Cohort analysis and e-commerce
  • Online travel purchase behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing


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