Volume 22, Issue 2-4, June 2018
SUN, SEA AND SHRINES: APPLICATION OF ANALYTIC HIERARCHY PROCESS (AHP) TO ASSESS THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF SIX CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN PHUKET (THAILAND)
Authors: Sanja Božić, Miroslav D. Vujičić, James Kennell, Snežana Besermenji, Milica Solarević
Abstract: In order to make recommendations for the diversification of tourism products on the Thai island of Phuket, this paper applies the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method to rank the attractiveness of six cultural heritage sites in the island of Phuket to make recommendations for sites that could be incorporated in to cultural tourism development in the region. In addition, it applies a quantitative-qualitative evaluation structure with weighted criteria, based on local expert opinion. The research identified which of the many potential cultural tourism sites would be the most attractive to tourists and shows the utility of the AHP method, combined with quantitative-qualitative evaluation, for decision making in tourism destination development contexts.
Keywords: Analytic hierarchy process (AHP); cultural tourism; cultural heritage; diversification; Thailand
Article info: 121-138
Received: March 28, 2018 | Revised: May 05, 2018 | Accepted: May 09, 2018