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Managing Islamic attributes through the satisfaction of Muslim tourists in a non-Muslim country

Siripen Dabphet (Department of Tourism, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 22 January 2021

Issue publication date: 24 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Attributes of a destination do not only have a positive impact on a person’s selection of the travel destination but also influence the level of tourist satisfaction. In spite of this, the destination attributes related to Muslim tourism are yet to be explored. Moreover, each attribute impacts the satisfaction of tourists in different ways. This study aims to investigate the importance and performance of Islamic attributes in selection of travel destinations by Muslim tourists and to examine the overall tourist satisfaction (SAT) based on the Islamic attributes.

Design/methodology/approach

Thailand has been considered as the base for this study. A quantitative research method and convenience sampling technique was used for data collection. Factor analysis was used to determine the importance and performance of Islamic attributes on the choice of travel destinations. Composite delineated factors were applied as indicators in the regression analysis to evaluate the SAT.

Findings

The findings reveal five important Islamic attributes: Halal-friendly environment, Halal hotel (IMP2), Halal food (IMP3), Halal food preparation and washroom facilities. However, Muslim tourists were only satisfied with the performance of three Islamic attributes: hotel entertainment and facilities, Halal food and preparation and Halal-oriented recreation and quality services (PER3). This study also reveals that PER3 as well as IMP2 and IMP3 are significant factors for evaluating the tourists’ overall satisfaction.

Originality/value

The Halal tourism market has been growing rapidly. However, research on the satisfaction of Muslim tourists based on the importance and performance of Islamic attributes in non-Muslim countries is limited. Thus, the researcher draws upon the views of Muslim tourists to propose recommendations on the important Islamic attributes and those whose performances are effective. The findings suggest that the SAT is influenced by particular attributes. Additionally, this study fills the research gap on Halal tourism in Thailand and provides useful information regarding the satisfaction of tourists based on Islamic attributes for non-Muslim countries, to help them formulate effective strategies for developing Islamic tourism in their travel destinations.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgment: This study is funded by The Faculty of Business, Economics and Communications, Naresuan University, Thailand.

Citation

Dabphet, S. (2021), "Managing Islamic attributes through the satisfaction of Muslim tourists in a non-Muslim country", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 237-254. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-06-2020-0124

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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