Applying a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative design in explaining the travel motivation of film tourists in visiting a film-shooting destination

 

Title              : Applying a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative design in explaining the travel motivation of film tourists in visiting a film-shooting destination

Researcher       : Bongkosh Rittichainuwat and Suphaporn Rattanaphinanchai

Department      : Service Industry Management, Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand

E-mail                 :  Bongkosh N. Rittichainuwat ngamson@gmail.com

Abstract            :  This study aims to: 1) describe the travel motivations of the types of film tourists proposed by Macionis (2004), specifically, serendipitous tourists, specific film tourists, and general film tourists, in visiting a film-induced tourist destination; and 2) empirically test the assumption that film tourism is incidental and neither the main nor the sole motivation of most tourists traveling to a film destination. A mixed method of quantitative and qualitative (a series of self-complete questionnaire surveys over a period of eleven months and a longitudinal study of interviews and participant observations over a period of four years) was used in the study. Out of 1852 samples, the numbers of specific film tourists (10.5%) and general film tourists (19.5%) are less than serendipitous tourists (70%). Though both business and leisure tourists can be specific film tourists, their number is very small. Furthermore, serendipitous tourists can be distributed into almost equal numbers, namely, “incidental serendipitous tourists,” “disinterested serendipitous tourists,” and “sightseeing serendipitous tourists.” While successful films create destination awareness among all types of film tourists, an individual’s favorite film, rather than a successful film, motivated most specific film tourists to take a pilgrimage film trip. This study also highlights the value of the mixed method, of a quantitative and qualitative approach, in explaining film tourism, in regards to unusual behavior of outliers. Whereas the quantitative design increases the generalization of the findings, the qualitative method provides better understanding of contradictory findings without having to eliminate outliers from analysis.

Keywords         :   Thai tourist, Film tourism, Movie tourism, Drama-induced tourism, Film tourist typology, Travel motivation, Destination image, Destination awareness, Travel behavior

Publication        : Tourism Management Vol.46 February 2015

Link to Publication:   https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/tourism-management/vol/46/suppl/C


Bibliography     : Rittichainuwat, B.  & Rattanaphinanchai, S. (2015). Applying a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative design in explaining the travel motivation of film tourists in visiting a film-shooting destination. Tourism Management, 46, 136-147. 10.1016/j.tourman.2014.06.005


Author details in Scopus: Rittichainuwat, Bongkosh Ngamsom

Scopus Citationshttps://www.scopus.com/sources.uri?DGCID=Scopus_blog_post_check2015

Google Scholar Citations:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ifUlKJoAAAAJ&hl=en

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