Date

6-2012

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Bill Hendricks

Abstract

The number of student travelers is increasing around the world. The purpose of this study was to determine the motivations and constraints of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration (RPTA) students to participate in international group travel. Data were collected through an online questionnaire. Thirty-two females and five males participated in the study. Previous literature suggests that motivation can be understood through internal factors that push travelers from within and pull factors of the destination that attracts travelers. According to the findings of the study, students are mostly motivated to travel in a group because of social reasons, inclusive packages, and an increase in comfort levels. The most significant constraints keeping students from participating in group travel are the price, lack of independence, and an itinerary that is too restrictive. The RPTA department has an opportunity to offer scholarships for student travel, increase awareness of international group trips, and create a mutually beneficial itinerary that considers student needs.