Perceived benefits of spa experiences: tourist insights from the blogosphere

Panchal, Jenny H. (2014) Perceived benefits of spa experiences: tourist insights from the blogosphere. International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 14 (3). pp. 47-69.

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The Asian spa has seen considerable growth in recent years. Nonetheless, the dearth in the literature about the spa industry in Asia is evident. Tourist spa experiences are an intriguing aspect in this industry. In this study, blog analysis, which involved a progressive four-stage process, was employed to explore travel bloggers’ spa experiences in India, Thailand and the Philippines. More specifically, this paper presents overview of travel blogs that contain accounts of tourist spa experiences as well as bloggers’ perceived benefits from their spa experiences. The findings suggest that spa experiences are by and large positive experiences that benefit multiple dimensions of tourist well-being.

Item ID: 38497
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1598-0634
Keywords: Asian spa experience; tourist experience; travel blogs; well-being; wellness
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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 76th Tourism Sciences Society of Korea International Tourism Conference (TOSOK 2014), Gangneung, South Korea, 2-4 July 2014.

Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 01:29
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience @ 80%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 60%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9099 Other Commercial Services and Tourism > 909902 Recreational Services @ 40%
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