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Critical success factors of street food destinations: a review of extant literature

Delly Mahachi Chatibura (Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Business, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 1 June 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021




The purpose of this study is to review the critical success factors (CSFs) of street food destinations, given the limited attention awarded to such research in the food and beverage sector.


An interpretivist approach was used to merge CSFs from street vending and culinary tourism perspectives, to develop a draft framework for analysing CSFs for street food destinations. In total, 64 cities that appeared in the first 20 webpage results of a Google search, using 4 keywords, formed the population. A purposive sample of seven destinations (Bangkok, Marrakesh, Mexico City, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Portland and Singapore City) was used. A content analysis method was used to review webpages, journal articles and government reports of the destinations, based on the modified list of CSFs.


The availability of diverse street food resources and cultures, coupled with rich historic city cores that sustain street food vending, in some destinations, are very important CSFs. The presence and extent of regulatory enforcement were also key in others. Empirical research is, however, required to corroborate the draft framework to create a body of knowledge for further research in the field.


The study examines how leading street food destinations have instituted the CSFs required for street food provision.



Acknowledgments are extended to Sandra Bunu, Mercy Musikavanhu and Biki Basupi for assisting with the validation process.


Chatibura, D.M. (2021), "Critical success factors of street food destinations: a review of extant literature", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 410-434.



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