National culture and tourist destination choice in the UK and Venezuela: an exploratory and preliminary study.

Filimonau, V. and Perez, L., 2018. National culture and tourist destination choice in the UK and Venezuela: an exploratory and preliminary study. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment. (In Press)

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Abstract

National culture determines consumer attitudes and behaviour. While this holds true for tourism consumption, little research has sought to better understand the effect of culture on tourist destination choice. The geographical scope of analysis has also been restricted. This study employs the Hofstede’s cultural dimensions framework to conduct an exploratory, qualitative evaluation of the influence of the tourist cultural background on destination choice. It focuses on the UK and Venezuela, the two countries with significant cultural differences and forecast growth in outbound tourism. The study shows the distinct role of culture in tourist preferences for destination choice and structure of travel groups. The effect of culture is also recorded in how tourists research destinations prior to visit and perceive travel risks, thus ultimately influencing their motivation to travel. Recommendations are developed on how to integrate knowledge on the cultural background of tourists into tourism management and policy-making practices.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1461-6688
Uncontrolled Keywords:National culture; tourist attitudes; consumer behaviour; destination choice; Venezuela; UK
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31443
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Nov 2018 16:09
Last Modified:09 Nov 2018 16:09

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