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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Health and the motivation to visit thermal spring resorts in the Western Cape, South Africa - : tourism

Volume 21 Number 1.2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

Thermal spring resorts in Europe and other parts of the world are combining the age-old belief in the healing properties of thermal waters with a contemporary desire for health and wellness treatments, often in recreational settings. In the light of these international trends, a better understanding of the extent to which a belief in the healing properties of the waters at thermal spring resorts in the Western Cape, South Africa, forms part of the motivation to visit these resorts, may be useful for both product development and marketing. A theoretical overview is provided of tourist motivation, including well-known motivational theories, aspects of a holiday that are enjoyed the most, and the motivations of health tourists. A survey was carried out at six thermal spring resorts in the Western Cape in 2011/2012, to gather information on visitor patterns and activity preferences, and ascertain whether, and to what extent, a belief in the healing properties of the waters forms part of the motivation to visit. The main reasons for visiting the thermal spring resorts, the most popular activities, and perceptions of visitors regarding the health benefits of the thermal waters, are listed and discussed. It is concluded that the thermal waters provide a multitude of direct and indirect health benefits for visitors, and health considerations are therefore bound to play an important role in the motivation to visit, and re-visit, these resorts.

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2015-03-01
2020-09-30

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