Importance and performance analysis on tourism components in the south of Thailand

  • Akkhaporn Kokkhangplu Graduate School of Tourism Management, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240, Thailand
  • Kanokkarn Kaewnuch Graduate School of Tourism Management, National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240, Thailand
Keywords: IPA, tourism components, tourist destination, South of Thailand

Abstract

This research aimed to assess the perceived importance level and performance efficiency level of tourism components in a tourist destination in the southern part of Thailand. To propose management guidelines for a tourist destination in the southern part of Thailand, the assessment of tourists’ perceptions covered seven factors, namely, accommodation, attraction, activity, accessibility, amenity, safety and security and service. Data were collected from 400 tourists in the southern part of Thailand. Results were analyzed using the technique of Importance Performance Analysis (IPA) revealing that data could be classified in four quadrants, i.e., (1) Quadrant A (Concentrate Here) amenities and safety and security (2) Quadrant B (Keep up the Good Work) accessibilities and service; (3) Quadrant C (Low Priority) accommodation and attraction and (4) Quadrant D (Possible Overkill) activities. Hence, amenity and safety and security were found to be the key important factors for managing a tourist destination in the southern part of Thailand.

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Published
2021-04-30
Section
Research articles