Escaping the jungle: an exploration of the relationships between lifestyle market segments and satisfaction with a nature based tourism experience

Moscardo, Gianna (2004) Escaping the jungle: an exploration of the relationships between lifestyle market segments and satisfaction with a nature based tourism experience. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism, 5 (2-4). pp. 75-94.

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Abstract

One of the most challenging, but also most interesting, features of tourism and hospitality as an area of study is that there is considerable variability in the backgrounds and training of those who are involved in its management. In some commercial sectors there is a lengthy tradition of the use of marketing as an integral component of management practice, while in public management organisations, marketing concepts are either unknown or mistrusted. This lack of application of marketing is particularly apparent in the management of tourism to protected areas such as National and State Parks and forests. An ongoing challenge in this sector is to conduct research into visitors and how they choose and enjoy their nature based leisure experiences. This article will report on a project to improve the study and management of visitors to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in the North Eastern part of Australia. The study involved a travel lifestyle market segmentation of over 1200 visitors to the area based on travel interests, activities and desired rainforest based tourism experiences. The analysis identified four core types of rainforest visitor and these groups were compared and contrasted in terms of their service quality ratings and overall satisfaction. The article concludes with links to the management frameworks for this tourism destination and the value of different segmentation techniques.

Item ID: 6667
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: lifestyle segmentation; park management; rainforest tourism
ISSN: 1528-0098
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2010 04:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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