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Transport choice behaviour of Chinese and Australian tourists in Scotland

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  • Hough, Gary
  • Hassanien, Ahmed
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    This study aimed to investigate and analyse the internal pre-purchase transport choice behaviour of Chinese and Australian tourists in Scotland. A literature review was carried out to explore the pre-purchase internal transport choice behaviour of tourists. A questionnaire was designed based on the findings of the literature review. A convenience sampling plan was developed to achieve a valid and statistically significant sample size for the two selected markets: Chinese and Australian tourists. Surveys were distributed directly within the Highlands and indirectly through tour operators. A number of significant differences in pre-purchase transport choice behaviour were found between independent and tour travellers and between Chinese and Australian tourists. A number of other variables including English language capabilities, country of residence, education levels and previous travel experience were also found to have significant influences on the process. A number of recommendations relating to market analysis and research, promotion and product development were made to Scottish tourism transport providers based on the findings.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in Transportation Economics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 54-65

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    Keywords: Consumer behaviour Internal pre-purchase transport choice Transport mode Australian and Chinese tourists;

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    1. Amitrajeet Batabyal & Hamid Beladi, 2011. "Transport provision to tourists by a cost minimizing firm: a stochastic characterization," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 103-108, July.

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