Acculturation and tourist stress among US Korean immigrant leisure travelers

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The global immigrant population has accelerated the need and opportunity to understand this new potential travel market. Despite a growing body of research on travel stress, attention to experiences in immigrant communities and cultural factors is scarce. Using Berry’s (Applied Psychology, 46, 5-34, 1997) bidimensional acculturation model, this study examined associations between acculturation strategies and leisure travel stress among Korean immigrants (n = 294)—one of the fastest-growing major ethnic groups in the USA. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) results revealed that immigrants experienced stress across the travel stages and most often used an integration acculturation strategy. Although the overall level of stress was generally low among participants, significant acculturation differences in stress assessments were observed by travel stages and within specific stressors. In general, immigrants using either an integration or assimilation strategy reported lower stress levels than those using separation or marginalization. Implications for more effective visitor experience management and suggestions for future research with immigrant leisure travelers are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1174
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper is part of the doctoral dissertation of the first author that is supported in part by an internal research grant from the Natural Resources Science and Management Program, University of Minnesota.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V.


  • Assimilation
  • Integration
  • Marginalization
  • Separation
  • Travel stress
  • Vacation


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