Volume 22, Issue 4-5, December 2018
SEGMENTATION OF COASTAL MARINE DEMAND FROM A NATIONAL RECREATIONAL AREA: VILLAMIL BEACH, ECUADOR
Authors: Mauricio Carvache-Franco, Orly Carvache-Franco, Wilmer Carvache-Franco, Miguel Orden-Mejía, Cristina Macas-López
Abstract: Tourist demand segmentation can provide important information for creating products tailored to the clusters found. The present empirical work was carried out in situ in Ecuador at the Villamil Beach National Recreation Area, a coastal marine destination within a national recreation area. Factor analysis on responses by tourists to a questionnaire produces two motivational dimensions: “Ecotourism” and “Sun and beach”. Three tourist segments are found: “Beach lovers”, who have high motivations for enjoying the sun and the beach, “Coastal Nature”, who have high motivations for enjoying the typical gastronomy, for the sun and the beach, for the tourist attractions and for knowing the ﬂora and fauna and, fnally, “Coastal Passive”, who have medium and low motivations in all aspects.
Keywords: Tourism; Segmentation; Motivation; Coastal marine; Ecuador
Article info: 276-284
Received: July 26, 2018 | Revised: December 05, 2018 | Accepted: December 10, 2018