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Leveraging customer-to-customer interactions to create immersive and memorable theme park experiences

Wei Wei (Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Yanyan Zheng (Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Lu Zhang (The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Nathaniel Line (Dedman School of Hospitality, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Theme park experiences ubiquitously unfold in the presence of others. In acknowledgement of this important part of theme park consumption, this research set out to examine if other visitors help create an immersive environment and, in turn, memorable experiences for theme park visitors.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was distributed to 561 theme park visitors. Structural equation modeling (AMOS 26) was used for testing the hypotheses in the proposed framework.

Findings

Results of SEM analyses reveal the positive impact of perceived similarity on visitors' sense of immersion at theme parks and the memorability of the experience. In turn, memorable experiences further drive behavioral intentions (i.e., return intention and willingness to pay premiums).

Practical implications

The findings provide suggestions for theme parks to leverage customer-to-customer interactions in order to create immersive and memorable visitor experiences.

Originality/value

This research marks one of the first attempts to approach customer-to-customer interactions (CCIs) at theme parks by empirically examining the impact of the perceived similarity of others on focal visitors' emotions and experiences.

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Citation

Wei, W., Zheng, Y., Zhang, L. and Line, N. (2021), "Leveraging customer-to-customer interactions to create immersive and memorable theme park experiences", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-10-2020-0205

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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