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Restaurants and the tourist market

Beverley Sparks (School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)
John Bowen (William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)
Stefanie Klag (School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 1 February 2003

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that restaurants are an important factor in the choice of a holiday destination for some tourists. Research has also found that the restaurants at a destination can enhance the guests’ overall satisfaction with the destination. This research was sponsored by the Co‐operative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism in Australia and investigates the relationship between the tourist destination, restaurants and tourists. The study is based on the results of interviews with 459 tourists. The findings of the study provide support for the proposition that tourists perceive restaurants as an important attribute of a tourist destination. The study also provides insight into how tourists select restaurants. This information is useful to managers of restaurants in tourist destinations. Both destination marketers and restaurant managers will benefit from this study.

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Sparks, B., Bowen, J. and Klag, S. (2003), "Restaurants and the tourist market", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 6-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110310458936

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