Tourist Expenditure on Cultural Contents in Urban Destinations

2nd International Scientific Conference Tourism in South East Europe 2013

11 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2013

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Dora Smolcic Jurdana

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Daniela Soldic Frleta

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija

Andrijana Kolarić

University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija

Date Written: April 15, 2013

Abstract

The crisis had a deep impact on every fields of the life. Still, given the fact that tourism has been seen as an inevitable part of life, despite the economic crisis the number of tourism arrivals and overnight stays has been increasing in season as well in offseason. This paper focuses on coastal urban destinations and how they are coping with economic aspect of tourism in times of crisis and assesses the potential implications on off-season tourism of enhancing the cultural offer. One of the main specifics of the urban destinations is their cultural heritage. Since both cities (Rijeka and Opatija, Croatia) that were included in the research are rich in cultural heritage, cultural offer represents a significant, important and specific part of their tourism offer. Hence, the purpose of this paper was to find out are there any differences between tourists whose tourism expenditure on cities’ cultural contents is higher in comparison with those who on culture are spending less, as well as their level of satisfaction with cultural and overall tourism offer in spring time. The collected data were analysed using statistical package SPSS for Windows 20.0. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, hi square test and paired samples t-test. The paired samples t-test was performed to determine the significance of differences between perceived and expected scores of cultural and overall tourism offer.

Keywords: tourism expenditure, culture tourism offer, tourism satisfaction, big vs. small spenders

JEL Classification: L83

Suggested Citation

Smolcic Jurdana, Dora and Soldic Frleta, Daniela and Kolarić, Andrijana, Tourist Expenditure on Cultural Contents in Urban Destinations (April 15, 2013). 2nd International Scientific Conference Tourism in South East Europe 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2290073

Dora Smolcic Jurdana (Contact Author)

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management ( email )

Primorska 42
P.O. Box 97
Opatija, 51410
Croatia

Daniela Soldic Frleta

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija ( email )

Primorska 42
P.O. Box 97
Opatija, 51410
Croatia

Andrijana Kolarić

University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Opatija ( email )

Primorska 42
P.O. Box 97
Opatija, 51410
Croatia

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