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dc.contributor.authorChieh-Lu Lien_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Leisure and Recreation Management Chung Hua Universityen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Forestry, National Chung Hsing Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractHong Kong received more than 25 million visitors in 2006 with a forecasted 16 percent increase in 2007. Visitors from all over the world have brought more interactions between diverse visitors and local residents. Country parks (national parks)around the world increasingly serve as international visitor attractions and play an important role in the international tourism industry. Because of the demand for better responsiveness and a high quality service from government agencies, the concern about how to serve the diverse clientele has emerged as an important issue in parks and recreation management. Guided by previous research on cross-cultural differences, the purpose of this study was to examine the causal relationships between culture and marketing factors (i.e., service quality, satisfaction and behavioral intentions) or recreational factors (i.e., experience and crowding) within the context of country park recreation in Hong Kong. We surveyed in 2005-2006 visitors to the Pokfulam Country Park (PCP) near metropolitan Hong Kong. Using a systematic random selection approach and purposive sampling at sites known to be heavily used by visitors with diverse cultural backgrounds, we obtained a sample of 253 Hong Kong residents, 153 Mainland Chinese Visitors, and 233 Westerners (including American, British, Australian, and European). The data allow us to present a structural model using six constructs in the context of parks and recreation including culture, experience, crowding, service quality, satisfaction and behavioral intentions. The results showed acceptable validity and reliability of measures in the constructs across four models (i.e., the overall, Hong Kong residents, Mainland Chinese Visitors, and Westerners models). The structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis revealed the effects of culture on the marketing factors were much stronger than the effects of culture on the recreational factors. Further analysis of the three subgroup models showed patterns similar to those in the overall model, but we found culture had no significant effects on the other five constructs (i.e., there is no significant direct paths stemmed from culture to experience, crowding, service quality, satisfaction and behavioral intentions) in the Mainlander model. Discussion of the findings, management implications and future research are suggested.en_US
dc.relationConference on Sustainable Forest Management and Carbon Sequestration in Taiwan and Japan:173-199.en_US
dc.relationJournal of Park and Recreation Administration, Volume 25, Issue 3, Page(s) 41-66..en_US
dc.subjectCultural valuesen_US
dc.subjectservice qualityen_US
dc.subjectstructural equation modelingen_US
dc.subjectparks and recreationen_US
dc.titleModeling Forest Recreation Visitors: A Multi-Cultural Marketing Perspectiveen_US
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