Factors Influence Foreign Tourist’s Decision to Select A Hostel in Bangkok

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Boonnida Kaewkiriya
Rungathit Buchain

Abstract

            This study aims to explore personal and behavioral factors as well as marketing factors that influence foreign tourists' decision to select a hostel in Bangkok. The study applied a quantitative approach, using a questionnaire as the method for data collection. The population sample in the study consisted of 400 foreign tourists who stayed at a hostel in Bangkok. The results reveal that the majority of the participating foreign tourists are European males at the age between 25-35 years old, who hold a bachelor's degree, work as an employee in a private company and earn between 1,501-2,000 USD per month. The most common purpose of the travel to Thailand amongst these foreign tourists is for a leisure trip/relaxation, with the most preferred hostel characteristics being a private room en suite. The most common reason for choosing to stay at a hostel is a combination of low prices and friendly services. The foreign tourists involve only themselves when making a hostel selection decision, most often stay in a hostel during summer, and most often make a reservation on a website or via the internet. Most of these foreign tourists stay in a hostel for 2 days. The results also show that marketing factors that are most important for the participating foreign tourists when selecting a hostel are related to the services provided by the hostel staff. Most of the foreign tourists prefer a standard hostel. In conclusion, factors that influence foreign tourists’ decision to select a hostel in Bangkok include age, education level, hostel characteristics, personal reasoning for choosing a hostel over other accommodation types, and marketing factors including accommodation and service factors, price factors, factors associated with service-providing processes, and physical factors.

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Kaewkiriya, B., & Buchain, R. (2020). Factors Influence Foreign Tourist’s Decision to Select A Hostel in Bangkok. Journal of Thai Hospitality and Tourism, 16(1), 3–11. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tourismtaat/article/view/245201
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