"Foodies" and their travel preferences

Getz, Donald and Robinson, Richard N. S. (2014) "Foodies" and their travel preferences. Tourism Analysis, 19 6: 659-672. doi:10.3727/108354214X14116690097693

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Author Getz, Donald
Robinson, Richard N. S.
Title "Foodies" and their travel preferences
Journal name Tourism Analysis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1083-5423
Publication date 2014-12-19
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3727/108354214X14116690097693
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 659
End page 672
Total pages 14
Place of publication Putnam Valley, NY, United States
Publisher Cognizant Communication Corporation
Language eng
Abstract This articles examines the propensity of Australian food lovers, or “foodies,” to travel both domestically and internationally for food-related experiences. Data are analyzed from a survey of food lovers in Australia, profiling their characteristics, pertinent travel behavior, desired experiences, trip and destination preferences, with special attention given to isolating characteristics and preferences of those who had already traveled for food-related experiences. In the conclusions we make recommendations for destinations seeking to develop food tourism, in effect providing a demand-based planning and marketing approach. A principal conclusion is that they are highly involved with food, think of themselves as gourmets, and they desire a multifaceted holiday. Core experiences include consumption of authentic cuisine, learning about food/beverages and gastronomic traditions, and socializing. These must be augmented through opportunities for broader cultural, natural, touring, and shopping experiences. Recommendations are made for extending this line of research and theory development.
Keyword Foodies
Food tourism
Destination development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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