Linking tourist satisfaction to happiness and quality of life

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Filep, Sebastian (2008) Linking tourist satisfaction to happiness and quality of life. In: 8th BEST EN think tank on "Sustaining quality of life through tourism" in Izmir, Turkey : June 24 - 27 2008, at Izmir University of Economics. Liburd, Janne J and Hergesell, Anja, eds. University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


Dominant tourist satisfaction measures, typically tied to service quality, have recently received much criticism by senior tourism academics (Ryan, 1995; Kozak, 2001; Pearce, 2005). These prominent tourism scholars commonly refer to very similar problems of these measures: the unnecessary and inappropriate focus on expectations as a major influence on tourist satisfaction; the inability of service quality scales to adequately measure gaps between service expectations and performance; the lack of attention to immediate conscious satisfaction; the inability of the approaches to shed light on travel meaning; and the inability to explain the emotional dimension of tourist satisfaction. The purpose here is to present a fresh tourist satisfaction approach which does not have these problems. Instead of service quality, this fresh approach views satisfaction in terms of happiness and quality of life. Overall happiness is said to depend much on satisfaction in different life domains (Glatzer, 2000), one of which is leisure travel.

Item type Book Section
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ISBN 9780980386028 0980386020
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of International Business
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Keywords ResPubID23132, tourism, lifestyle, happiness, research
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