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Understanding the smartphone usage of Chinese outbound tourists in their shopping practices

Understanding the smartphone usage of Chinese outbound tourists in their shopping practices

Jin, Haipeng and Cai, Wenjie ORCID: 0000-0002-1505-7240 (2021) Understanding the smartphone usage of Chinese outbound tourists in their shopping practices. Current Issues in Tourism. ISSN 1368-3500 (Print), 1747-7603 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2021.2014421)

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Abstract

Chinese outbound tourist shopping was a prominent phenomenon in many destinations worldwide before the COVID-19 pandemic, but smartphone usage in it had rarely been addressed. This study draws upon social practice theory and the theory of affordances to examine how Chinese tourists use smartphones during their shopping process in Australia. Based on a combination of participant observations and semi-structured interviews, the study argues that Chinese outbound tourists use smartphones not only to improve their shopping competences but also to regulate the meaning making of their shopping practices. Further, these links are made through the actualized affordances of smartphones including, among others, looking for products based on stored images, accessing product information in Chinese, and communicating with others at home on shopping for them. This study unravels the entanglement of smartphones, Chinese outbound tourists and their shopping practices, and provides directions for maximizing the value of smartphones in shopping-related tourism management and marketing, especially to the Chinese market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourist shopping, smartphone, social practice, affordance, Chinese outbound tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
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Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 15:12
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34693

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