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The role of cultural difference and travel motivation in event participation: A cross-cultural perspective

Nanxi Yan (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
Elizabeth Halpenny (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 30 May 2019

Issue publication date: 10 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Using a cross-cultural perspective, the purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of cultural difference and travel motivation on event participation and how cultural difference may influence the relationship between travel motivation and event participation. The paper highlights the importance of culture in tourism research.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was conducted by using a secondary data set (n=24,692) commissioned by Destination Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Commission). Both descriptive statistics (e.g. frequency analysis) and inferential statistics (e.g. hierarchical regressions) were calculated.

Findings

First of all, the results indicated that travel motivations and cultural difference can impact event participation. For example, those who were more motivated by knowledge and competence (e.g. knowing history and culture) were more likely to participate in art festivals and cultural events. Also, the research recognized that Asian-Canadians were more likely to visit ethnic or religious festivals than Anglo-Canadians, whereas Asian-Canadians were less likely to attend farmers’ market in comparison with Anglo-Canadians. Last, the effect of cultural difference can moderate the relationship between travel motivation and event participation.

Originality/value

These findings emphasize that travel motivations and cultural difference are key factors to be considered for festivals’ marketing. Particularly, the moderating effect of cultural difference reinforces that the important role played by culture for effective festival marketing should not be ignored. The research also provides valuable insights for destination managers who are interested in Asian markets. Moreover, using a secondary data set prepared by the Canadian Government largely increased the results’ representativeness, trustworthiness, and generalizability.

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Citation

Yan, N. and Halpenny, E. (2019), "The role of cultural difference and travel motivation in event participation: A cross-cultural perspective", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 155-173. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-05-2018-0033

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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