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Title: Tourists’ perceptions of relational quality service attributes : a cross-cultural study
Authors: Tsang, NKF 
Ap, J
Keywords: Relational quality
Cross-cultural study
logistic regression
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Journal of travel research, 2007, v. 45, no. 3, p. 355-363 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of travel research 
Abstract: This article presents the results of a study examining cultural differences between Asian and Western tourists’ perceptions of relational quality service provided by guest-contact employees. It was hypothesized that Asian tourists (high power distance cultures) will give significantly lower ratings for relational quality when compared to their Western counterparts (low power distance cultures). Based on a study of international tourists visiting Hong Kong, it was found that Asian tourists gave significantly lower ratings for all the relational quality service attributes compared to their Western counterparts. In a logistic regression analysis using respondents’ favorable or unfavorable service experiences as the dichotomous dependent variable, quality of interpersonal relationships was a key factor in determining the Asian customers’ service-encounter evaluation, while Western customers placed emphasis on goal completion, efficiency, and time savings. The implications of the results on cultural training for tourism and hospitality industry employees are also discussed.
ISSN: 0047-2875
EISSN: 1552-6763
DOI: 10.1177/0047287506295911
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