Title

Defining physician-assisted suicide tourism and travel

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research

Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc.

School

School of Business and Law

Comments

Yu, C. E., Wen, J., & Meng, F. (2020). Defining physician-assisted suicide tourism and travel. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, 44(4), 694-703. https://doi.org/10.1177/1096348019899437

Abstract

The concept of suicide tourism was first mentioned in the late 1900s; however, definitions remain ambiguous. Although “tourism” is often associated with joyful experiences, it takes involves forms and purposes that may not be leisure- or pleasure-related, in which suicide tourism is unique and scarcely examined. This study reviews relevant literature, reframes the definition of suicide tourism, and provides a better understanding of this emerging tourism phenomenon. The notion is redefined by tourism practices related to physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Subcategories include suicide tourism and suicide travel, depending on whether a person returns to his or her own country/region after a PAS-related trip. In addition, suicide tourism applies to anyone interested in exploring PAS, including via an informational journey. Finally, directions for future research are discussed. © The Author(s) 2020.

DOI

10.1177/1096348019899437

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