Commercial hospitality in tourism: A global comparison of what culturally matters

Gabby Walters*, Lukas Huck, Richard N.S. Robinson, Jürg Stettler

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As the hospitality academy matures it has worked towards bespoke theory development. Emerging literature has attempted to quantify, and develop measurements for, the intangible and situationally variable dimensions of hospitality and/or hospitableness. This paper aims to explore whether the importance tourists place on various aspects of ‘hospitality’ differs according to their culture, using country/region of origin as a proxy. A cross-national survey was conducted across multiple destinations in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. Data captured the importance 2248 tourists placed on 12 facets of hospitality. Results indicate that tourists’ nationality influences the importance they place on all facets of the hospitality experience. The study contributes to theory by advancing our understanding of how different cultures evaluate the importance of the multiple aspects of commercial hospitality. Practically, the study challenges hospitality industry conventions, which standardize rather than personalize guest-host interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102939
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Early online date21 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

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