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Exploring inbound tourists experience in Beijing, China: an online deductive approach

Yu Liu (Department of Event Management, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China)
Bingjie Liu-Lastres (Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Qiuju Wang (Department of Event Management, Beijing Union University, Beijing, China)
Yao-Yi Fu (Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 14 May 2019

Issue publication date: 3 December 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Beijing is becoming one of the top global destinations but the number of international tourists to the city has been declining recently. By analyzing inbound tourists experience in Beijing and identifying the relationship between the destination attributes and satisfaction, the purpose of this paper is to provide important insights into city tourism research and city destination development.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used an online deductive approach and collected 1,254 reviews on TripAdvisor referencing major attractions in Beijing. This study used the Leximancer software to analyze the content of the reviews and to identify the underlying relationships.

Findings

The results showed that international tourists’ experience in Beijing can be reflected via five aspects: attractions, city, transportation, service and people. The results further indicated that the major concern of international tourists visiting Beijing related to the service quality on site.

Originality/value

This study explored inbound tourists experience in Beijing using an online deductive approach. Practical implications were provided with respect to improving international tourists experience in Beijing and enhancing their satisfaction and revisiting intentions.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Major Consultation Project of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (2017-ZD-03-06); Project of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (KM201611417003).

Citation

Liu, Y., Liu-Lastres, B., Wang, Q. and Fu, Y.-Y. (2019), "Exploring inbound tourists experience in Beijing, China: an online deductive approach", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 443-450. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-04-2018-0026

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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