Weather impacts on visitor behavior: a spatio-temporal study of select U.S. metropolitan zoological parks

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David Richard Perkins IV (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Keith Debbage

Abstract: This dissertation is comprised of three manuscripts that will be submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals. The first paper is a review of the relationship between PET-derived temperature categories and daily visitor attendance at the Phoenix and Atlanta zoos. This paper discusses trends in attendance patterns and serves as a foundation for the subsequent papers. The second paper expands on the theories and findings of the first paper by expanding the study area to Indianapolis and St. Louis zoos regarding the response of attendance to PET-derived temperature categories. Additionally, this paper also explores the possible influence of admission pricing as it relates to visitor responses to the weather. The final paper implements a broader scale of climate data by using the Spatial Synoptic Classification in a review of attendance response at Atlanta and Indianapolis zoos. Use of this climate classification in the realm of tourism is one of the first studies to do so. Overall, this dissertation research provides new methodologies and illustrates findings which may allow for a better understanding of how people react to the weather. These results may assist leaders and governments to make better-informed policy and planning decisions for the future.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Behavior, Biometeorology, Business, Climate, Tourism, Weather
Zoo visitors $z United States
Consumer behavior $z United States
Weather $x Economic aspects $z United States

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