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Strategic positioning and performance of winter destinations

Ruggero Sainaghi (Researcher at the Istituto di Economia e Marketing, IULM University, Milan, Italy)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 24 October 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to demonstrate the critical importance of the destination's decisions made in relation to market positioning in understanding the competitive performance achieved by local businesses.

Design/methodology/approach

The aim of the empirical research was to check the following hypotheses: clear positioning on longer‐stay customers makes it more likely that the conduct of ski corporations and hotel businesses will complement each other; clear positioning on longer‐stay customers improves the competitive performance of ski corporations; and clear positioning on longer‐stay customers improves the competitive performance of tourist hospitality businesses. The multiple case study methodology was adopted as a means of refuting or confirming these hypotheses, with the use of a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, although giving greater weight to the quantitative sources.

Findings

Two dimensions are of decisive importance: the commercial mix of customers attracted to the destination (distinguishing between day‐trippers and longer‐stay customers), and the structural mix of plant capacity and high turnover tourist accommodation facilities.

Originality/value

The case studies chosen have made it possible to test three hypotheses according to which a clear positioning on longer‐stay customers: increases the extent to which the behaviour of ski corporations and hotel structures complement each other; improves the competitive performance of the ski corporations; and improves the competitive performance of the businesses offering tourist accommodation.

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Citation

Sainaghi, R. (2008), "Strategic positioning and performance of winter destinations", Tourism Review, Vol. 63 No. 4, pp. 40-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/16605370810912209

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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