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Thrilled to Have "Bagged a Bargain" or "Bitter" and "Very Frustrating"? Exploring Consumer Attitudes to Value and Deals in Tourism

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McCabe S & Branco Illodo I (2018) Thrilled to Have "Bagged a Bargain" or "Bitter" and "Very Frustrating"? Exploring Consumer Attitudes to Value and Deals in Tourism. Journal of Travel Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047287518790403

Abstract
Similar to most global tourism markets, UK consumers adjusted their behavior during the global financial crisis, emphasizing value for money in travel choices. However, there is little evidence concerning consumers' value-seeking behavior and especially how deals, discounts, and other sales promotions influence tourist decision making. This project explores concepts of value consciousness and deal proneness to shed light on attitudes toward monetary value in travel purchases. Using focus groups, the study found that deals and discounts frequently underpin some tourist choices, but that value consciousness is related to deal proneness, and interactions between the two could result in negative, positive, or mixed emotions. This relationship was captured through a dynamic categorization of tourists' attitudes and behavior into four approaches to deals and value, namely, deals (1) as a way of life, (2) as a bonus, (3) as a problem, and (4) as toxic. The categories were dynamic in that individuals could move across them. The implications for tourism marketers are outlined.

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Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Geography, Planning and Development; Transportation

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal of Travel Research

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Nottingham
Publication date15/08/2018
Publication date online15/08/2018
Date accepted by journal19/06/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28460
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0047-2875
eISSN1552-6763

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