Using Virtual Communities in Tourism Research
Tourism Management, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 335-340
27 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2009 Last revised: 26 Sep 2014
Date Written: April 29, 2009
In the current paper, the validity of web-based surveys was examined. An online questionnaire was sent to members of tourism research and travel-related virtual communities. The results showed extremely low opening and response rates, leading to biased samples. Several possible explanations for the results as well as practical recommendations were given for implementation of web-based surveys.
Keywords: Tourism research, Online survey, Survey methodology, Virtual communities, Response rate
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