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Profiling four wheel drive tourism markets for desert Australia

Taylor, Andrew and Prideaux, Bruce R. (2008). Profiling four wheel drive tourism markets for desert Australia. Journal of Vacation Marketing,14(1):71-86.

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IRMA ID 78674654xPUB8
Title Profiling four wheel drive tourism markets for desert Australia
Author Taylor, Andrew
Prideaux, Bruce R.
Journal Name Journal of Vacation Marketing
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 14
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1356-7667   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77958110754
Start Page 71
End Page 86
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Field of Research 1506 - Tourism
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Sales of four wheel drive (4WD) recreational vehicles in Australia continue to grow at a faster rate than for other vehicle types. Meanwhile anecdotal reporting suggests there is a growing demand for 4WD tourism experiences to Australia's desert areas. To date there has been no segmentation of 4WD tourism markets and this has encouraged destination marketing organizations and product developers in desert areas to adopt a broad-brushed approach for attracting visitors. In this article we present findings from focus groups and surveys of 4WD enthusiasts conducted at large 4WD shows to propose a segmentation of the market. The findings emphasize that the market is not homogeneous. For desert areas, the Explorer-traveller segment expresses a high favourability for trips there; however, other segments are important. Those directly and indirectly involved in 4WD tourism should benefit from applying this understanding to develop products and experiences which reflect the motivations and experiential aspirations of their target segments.
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