The role of socio-psychological and culture-education motives in marketing international sport tourism: A cross-cultural perspective

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Title The role of socio-psychological and culture-education motives in marketing international sport tourism: A cross-cultural perspective
Author Funk, Daniel Carl; Bruun, Tennille
Journal Name Tourism Management
Editor Chris Ryan
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
Abstract This study empirically investigated the motives of sport tourists who traveled internationally to participate in a hallmark Australian running event, the 2005 Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Structural equation modeling analysis revealed that involvement and strength of motivation contributed to socio-psychological motivation while cultural experience and knowledge learning contributed to culturaleducation motivation. Cultural experience was further explored through a consumer acculturation framework that led to development of the Cultural Learning Inventory (CLI). Analysis revealed that international participants desired to experience and learn nine specific aspects of the foreign destination's culture: transportation, housing, arts, language, food, media, currency, leisure activities and indigenous population. Hofstede's [(1980). Culture's consequences: International differences in work related values. Newbury Park, CA: Sage] cultural clusters were subsequently used to segment participants and MANOVA results revealed that while respondents did not differ on sociopsychological motives, respondents from cultural backgrounds dissimilar to Australian culture were more likely to agree that experiencing Australian culture and learning new information was appealing. These results indicate the duality of international marketing efforts for hallmark sport events. Convergent marketing strategies should be used to target specific segments in their sport communities, while divergent cultural marketing strategies should be utilised to target potential participants with different cultural backgrounds
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2006.05.011
Volume 28
Issue Number 3
Page from 806
Page to 819
ISSN 0261-5177
Date Accessioned 2007-05-22
Date Available 2009-09-25T04:45:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Recreation and Leisure Studies; PRE2009-Tourism Marketing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17500
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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