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Medical Tourism Market Segmentation by Choice Motivation of Medical Tourists in China: A Two-step Cluster Analysis Applied

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2014, 38(9), pp.291-314
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Cha, Jae Bin 1 Lee Hoon Young 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Applied 2-step cluster analysis, this study segmented and identified the market of Chinese potential tourists by continuous variables of choice motivation (push-pull factors) of medical tourism and by categorical variables of demographic features and behavioral features of medical tourism. The study, then, attempted to suggest some implications of strategic marketing for segmented markets to boost medical tourism. The target of the survey was potential medical tourists living in China and who were waiting in Airports of Beijing and Guangzhou to depart for overseas tours. As a result of the empirical analysis, 3 clusters were drawn using 2-step cluster analysis. The difference of the clusters on choice motivation of medical tourism showed to be significant in all choice motivation of medical tourism except for the medical factor among push factors. In the conclusion, the study presented major results of the study, the implications, limitation of the study, as well as the tasks for future studies.

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