Gender Differences in Perceived Importance and Performance of Penang Island Attributes
1 Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Penang, Malaysia
2 School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Penang, Malaysia
This paper examines the gender differences in perceived importance and performance of Penang Island attributes. The data was drawn from questionnaire survey of 801 international tourists who visited the island between August and November 2012. Previous studies related to gender differences in Malaysian destinations are found scarce and neglected, thus this paper aims to bridge this knowledge gap. The needs to study gender differences are related to the suggestions that men and women engage in different leisure activities, possess different travel motivations and perceive differently when embarking for holiday. The study found a number of gender similarities and differences between the men and women tourists, in terms of their travel style and perceptions of importance and performance of destination attributes. These results indicate that gender may not be the only influence on behaviour and perceptions, and those men and women should not be regarded as homogenous groups.
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