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The UK association conference attendance decision-making process

Mair, Judith and Thompson, Karen (2009) The UK association conference attendance decision-making process. Tourism Management, 30 (3). pp. 400-409. ISSN 0261-5177

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Abstract

This paper reports on research carried out into the consumer behaviour displayed by UK association conference delegates when deciding to attend a conference. Examination of the available literature suggested that there has been little investigation of the delegate's perspective on attending a conference, as most research into business events has traditionally been centred on the supply side particularly convention destination image, and association site selection. The paper found six underlying dimensions of the UK association conference delegate decision-making process – personal/professional development, networking opportunities, cost, location, time and convenience and health and wellbeing. Additionally, regression analysis showed that two of the dimensions (networking opportunities and cost) were significant predictors of intention to attend the conference again in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID17351, business events, conference, consumer behaviour, delegate decision-making
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
FOR Classification > 1599 Other Commerce Management, Tourism and Services
SEO Classification > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 02:09
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 02:09
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4442
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2008.08.002
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Citations in Scopus: 14 - View on Scopus

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