Tourism and discretionary income allocation. Heterogeneity among households

Dolnicar, S., Crouch, G.I., Devinney, T., Huybers, T., Louviere, J.J. and Oppewal, H. (2008) Tourism and discretionary income allocation. Heterogeneity among households. Tourism Management, 29 1: 44-52. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2007.04.008

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Author Dolnicar, S.
Crouch, G.I.
Devinney, T.
Huybers, T.
Louviere, J.J.
Oppewal, H.
Title Tourism and discretionary income allocation. Heterogeneity among households
Journal name Tourism Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-5177
Publication date 2008-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tourman.2007.04.008
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 44
End page 52
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Tourism expenditures have been much researched in the past: at the aggregate level to evaluate national benefit of the tourism industry and at the disaggregate level to evaluate the attractiveness of tourist market segments. Past studies, however, fail to take into account that tourism expenditures are affected by the plethora of other expenditures households make and that households are heterogeneous in allocating discretionary funds to alternative spending options. The present study fills this gap by investigating heterogeneity in household discretionary expenditures derived from a realistic choice task. In doing so, it challenges the implicit paradigm of prior research into tourism expenditures in which the context of the household tradeoff in allocating income is ignored. The results, highlight the importance of studying tourism expenditure in the context of other household expenditure decisions; demonstrate the high level of heterogeneity between individuals with respect to their spending preferences; and illustrate the value of this knowledge for tourism destination management as well as government policy in being able to assess the competition between expenditure categories and identify market segments most suitable for the product category offered.
Keyword Consumer choice
Discretionary expenditure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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