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Increasing customers' loyalty in a skiing resort: The contribution of place attachment and service quality

K. Alexandris (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
C. Kouthouris (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece)
Andreas Meligdis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 1 August 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is three‐fold: first, to propose a model for measuring service quality in a skiing resort; second, to investigate the contribution of place attachment on the prediction of customers' loyalty, and third, to examine the influence of service quality on the development of place attachment.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 264 (n=264) recreational skiers participated in the study, and filled the two‐dimensional place attachment questionnaire and a service quality questionnaire, which was based on Brady and Cronin's three‐dimensional service quality model (physical environment quality, interaction quality, outcome quality).

Findings

The results of the study indicate that skiers' loyalty was significantly predicted by both the place attachment dimensions (place identity and place dependence). Furthermore, place attachment was significantly predicted by the interaction and physical environment service quality dimensions.

Research limitations/implications

The research was limited because it was based on one skiing resort. Testing it on many would give a more accurate result. Expansion of the theoretical model in other tourist destinations would also provide a more accurate result.

Practical implications

Strategies to develop customer loyalty and for the development of place attachment are discussed. A model of measuring service quality in skiing resorts is presented.

Originality/value

The paper proposes a model for measuring service quality in skiing resorts. It also introduces the construct of place attachment and its value for predicting customer loyalty.

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Citation

Alexandris, K., Kouthouris, C. and Meligdis, A. (2006), "Increasing customers' loyalty in a skiing resort: The contribution of place attachment and service quality", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 414-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110610673547

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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