WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Hmm....just found out this Malacca Tourism Association (MTA) web page is cited as a reference in a Social and Behavioral Sciences study (volume 130-15th May 14) for the 4th International Conference on Marketing and Retailing.

Titled: Understanding Cultural Heritage Visitor Behavior: The case of Melaka as World Heritage City. 

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www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042814029115  


Volume 130, 15 May 2014, Pages 1–10
4th International Conference on Marketing and Retailing 2013, INCOMaR 2013

Open Access

Understanding Cultural Heritage Visitor Behavior: The Case of Melaka as World Heritage City 

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Abstract

Visitors’ interests traveling to Melaka have increased recently and expected to continue. Melaka recorded one of the highest tourist arrivals ever in 2012 at 13.7 million tourists. Despite this trend, very little is known about individuals who visit cultural heritage sites. Evidence suggests many types of tourists who progress from general travelers to specialized tourists. This study investigates visitor behavior to cultural heritage sites in Melaka. Melaka as World Heritage City inscribed by UNESCO in July 2008 forms the scope and location of this study. Methodology utilized survey on 505 local and foreign tourists. The survey was aided by enumerators using Responsible Heritage Tourism Scale translated into four languages. Findings acknowledged that tourists displayed responsible tourism behavior and cultural significance towards heritage buildings and local culture. Visitors exhibited environmental concerns at the tourist surroundings. Memorable tourist and cultural heritage experiences were sought by these tourists. Heritage visitors were classified into memorable tourism experience seeker, cultural significant, responsible, willingness to pay and green tourist. Findings had practical implications for destination marketing of heritage sites.

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