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Consumer responses to promotional tools in hotels: A case study of Chinese consumers

Consumer responses to promotional tools in hotels: A case study of Chinese consumers

Ma, Jenny Wei-Chen and Mohsen, Marwa Gad (2016) Consumer responses to promotional tools in hotels: A case study of Chinese consumers. In: 2016 Global Marketing Conference at Hong Kong Proceedings. Global Alliance of Marketing & Management Associations, pp. 1073-1080. ISSN 1073-1080 (doi:10.15444/GMC2016.07.09.05)

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Abstract

The rapid growth of the Chinese tourism has stimulated competition within tourism-related industries, such as the hospitality industry. The purpose of this study is to examine the Chinese consumer reaction to different promotional tools used by hotels in China and, thus, to provide a deeper understanding for marketers of how to use sales promotion effectively to generate appropriate consumer responses. An experimental survey was administered yielding a total sample of 319 Chinese customers, who were probed using different types of sales promotion tools. Data analysis indicates that bonus packs (e.g. a 3-night stay at a hotel for the price of 2) induced the highest consumer perceived value, brand switching, and purchase acceleration intention, whereas price discounts resulted in the highest intention to spend more. Although this study has its limitations given its reliance on a convenience sample, it offers insightful practical implications for hotel business owners in Asia regarding targeting the right customers with the right promotional tools, where it is proposed that bonus packs successfully attract new Chinese customers and price discounts support in generating more sales.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 2016 Global Marketing Conference at Hong Kong Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Promotional tools, Chinese consumers, Hotel industry
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 17:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16949

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