Towards developing a multisensory scale to capture attributes of heritage boutique hotels

Pourabedin, Zahra, Mahony, Tracey, and Pryce, Josephine (2022) Towards developing a multisensory scale to capture attributes of heritage boutique hotels. In: Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies. pp. 355-375. From: BEMAS: 1st International Conference in Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability, 2-3 July 2021, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Heritage tourism is one of the fastest-growing global segments of the Tourism and Hospitality industry, with associated products and experiences generating substantial benefits for tourism operators, promoting economic growth and making social contributions to the local communities. To be successful and sustainable, heritage tourism should rely on recognition and valuation of attributes including aesthetics, uniqueness, cultural elements and historical significance by tourism operators, visitors, and communities. As an emerging field of study, knowledge and promotional use of specific heritage attributes to target visitors' needs are still being developed. This study seeks to fill that important gap by focusing on ‘heritage boutique hotels’ (HBHs), where heritage buildings are being repurposed or refurbished to accommodate visitors. The purpose of this study is to identify if, and how, customers are recognising and communicating satisfaction on attributes unique to HBHs. This study forms the first phase of a larger research project examining (HBHs) practices in Singapore and Malaysia with a view to later expanding the study to more widely cover the Asia-Pacific region following JCU’s focus on the tropics. Using a qualitative and inductive approach, thematic analysis was utilised for online customer reviews that were collected from a promotional website for six HBHs located across Singapore and Malaysia. Leximancer analysis assisted the contextual and relational analysis affording an opportunity to identify the important attributes and explore relationships between respective attributes. The analysis showed that experiences were multi-sensory, drawing on visitors’ affective, cognitive, and social complexities to gain satisfaction from their experiences of visiting HBHs. These findings provide preliminary insights into the key drivers for the economic, social and cultural sustainability of HBHs and inform operators and communities on strategic planning for future use.

Item ID: 69878
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-981-16-5259-2
Keywords: heritage tourism, boutique hotels, visitor experiences, multisensory, hotel attributes
Copyright Information: © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 02:55
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350803 Tourism management @ 25%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350806 Tourist behaviour and visitor experience @ 25%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3506 Marketing > 350602 Consumer-oriented product or service development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 25%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130405 Conserving the historic environment @ 25%
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1103 Property, business support services and trade > 110301 Administration and business support services @ 50%
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