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A Revised Importance–Performance Analysis of Tour Guide Performance in China

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Abstract:

This study applied a modified importance–performance analysis (IPA) to evaluate tour guide performance in China from both domestic visitors' and foreign English-speaking visitors' perspectives. Based on data collected in Shanghai, China's largest city, IPA matrices were mapped out. The results suggest that tour guides in China should improve their proficiency in guiding languages, work ethically to introduce reliable shopping to visitors, foster a good sense of humor, and enhance destination knowledge. Tourism authorities in China can refer to findings of this study in developing tour guide training programs and other policy-making practices for tour guides.

Keywords: CHINA; IMPORTANCE-PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS; TOUR GUIDE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/108354210X12724863327803

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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