Tourism and hospitality marketing: Fantasy, feeling and fun

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (Impact Factor: 0.93). 09/2006; 18(6):482-495. DOI: 10.1108/09596110610681520


Purpose – Experiential marketing is arguably marketing's most contemporary orientation, but as with many marketing innovations it has been largely overlooked by those involved in tourism and hospitality marketing and promotion. Whilst in many industries companies have moved away from traditional features and benefits approaches, to putting experiential marketing centre-stage, marketing in the tourism and hospitality sectors does not appear to have explicitly engaged the theoretical issues involved. This raises the question what, if anything, does experiential marketing have to offer marketers in the disciplines of tourism and hospitality? In this paper, I will seek to introduce the experiential marketing debate and demonstrate how the questions raised by the concept are critical to an understanding of marketing theory and research within the tourism and hospitality sectors. Design/methodology/approach – Following the authors previous publications which sought to investigate alternative paradigms for studying hospitality consumers, this research attempts to consider the practical applications of one such model. Findings – The tourism and hospitality sectors cannot be seen to be immune to fundamental changes in the orientation of marketing. Innovative experience design will become an increasingly important component of tourism and hospitality firms core capabilities. Those who go beyond service excellence, and market experientially will lead the creation of value in the sector. Originality/value – Provides a framework as to how organisations might usefully implement an experiential marketing strategy.

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    • "In contrast, passively participative experiences (PPEs)—that is, entertainment and esthetics—reflect that tourists play the role of mere receivers of a mental presence as it were, and do not directly affect the performance, such that they attend to (i.e., entertainment) or are influenced by (i.e., esthetics) the offerings of the environment that appeal to their senses (Mehmetoglu and Engen 2011; Oh et al. 2007; Pine and Gilmore 1998, 1999; Williams 2006). Pizam and Fleischer (2005) suggested that tourists' participation in active activities, such as hunting and rafting, requires sporting skills and energy. "
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    • "Experiential marketing and celebrity-themed aircraft campaigns Despite the popularity of the experiential marketing strategy, this practice has been largely overlooked by the airline industry (Williams, 2006; Bel and Jordan, 2005; Zehrer, 2009). Now airlines increasingly differentiate themselves in the perceptions of consumers through adopting experiential marketing (Airport Focus, 2013). "
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    • "Like it is defined by Yuan and Wu (2008) and Schmitt (1999), AR usage can be seen as a way to create experiences that are not exclusively focused on the product's/service's commercialization, but also on experiences created for customers. Experiences' marketing importance goes through the capacity to create value towards the final consumer (Pine and Gilmore, 1998), forcing companies to become externally competitive (Prahalad and Ramaswamy, 2000), as it can also motivate clients having quicker and positive buying decisions (Williams, 2006). Towards a better understanding of this thematic, numerous quantitative studies were studied, namely by Chou (2009), Yuan and Wu (2008), who ended up demonstrating that experimental value can be translated into customers' satisfaction. "
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