Health and Wellness Tourists’ Motivation and Behavior Intention: The Role of Perceived Value

Ting Gan, Jiansong Zheng, Wei Li, Jiaxin Li, Junxian Shen

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In recent years, with the rapid change of people’s health concept, health and wellness tourism has shown a vigorous development trend. However, existing literature has been lacking on travelers’ behavioral intentions, influenced by their motivation in health and wellness tourism. To fill in this gap, we designed scales of tourists’ behavioral intention and motivation in health and wellness tourism and investigated the aforementioned effects, with a sample of 493 visitors who have traveled in health and wellness tourism. Factor analysis and structural equation models were applied to explore the relations among motivation, perceived value, and behavioral intention in health and wellness tourism. The results indicate that health and wellness tourists’ motivation significantly positively predicts their behavior intentions. Travelers’ perceived value of health and wellness tourism significantly partially mediates the associations between their behavioral intention and escape motivation, attractive motivation, environmental motivation, as well as interpersonal motivation. No empirical evidence supports the mediating role of perceived value in the correlation between consumption motivation and behavioral intention. Health and wellness tourism industries are encouraged to meet the intrinsic motivation of travelers and make them perceive the value of this kind of tourism, which in turn promotes tourists’ choice, evaluation, and satisfaction of health and wellness tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4339
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • behavioral intention
  • health and wellness tourism
  • perceived value
  • tourism motivation


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