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Title: Marketing of a destination : Jordan as a case study
Author: Alhroot, Abdel-Hafiz Hussein Jaddou
ISNI:       0000 0001 3411 4629
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2007
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This study investigates the internal and external environmental factors that affect destination marketing in Jordan and the use of the destination marketing concept by tourism companies in Jordan. Furthermore, special emphasis is placed on investigating and identifying the existing relationship between the internal and external factors in destination marketing by pinpointing the factors being used by tourism companies and those factors that contribute to the attraction of tourists to Jordan. The empirical research to support the study uses survey methods to develop and test the critical factors of a destination marketing success model that can be used to market and promote Jordan, regionally and globally, as a preferred tourism destination area. A number of hypotheses were formulated to realise the objectives of the study. In the formulation of the research hypotheses, the researcher was guided by a deductive method regarding the groups of tourist destination attitudes and practices of marketing with consistency of questionnaire responses in comparison with available literature on the subject. Eight hypotheses covered the following aspects: tourists’ satisfaction, quality, product, accessibility, people, price, promotion and physical evidence. The results were quantitatively analysed by using SPSS. Review of previous research on critical factors of success, tactical management, destination tactical management and destination competitiveness models was undertaken in an endeavour to find a framework for the development of critical factors of the destination marketing success model that can be used for the identification and integration of critical factors of success. The findings indicate that respondents rated all the factors of service quality listed as critical. Most of the respondents felt that, in order to please the global tourists, the experience must be safe, secure, comfortable and relaxing. Also, the quality of capability, accommodation, access to natural areas, tour guides, tourist information, transportation, financial and communication institutions were factors regarded as contributors to tourist satisfaction. It was also revealed that the most critical factors of product of destination marketing development were improving the tourism products, identifying and exploring new opportunities and upgrading visitor services and facilities. The proposed destination marketing model was developed and tested in the Jordan context and proved to be operational. A number of recommendations were made in terms of safety and security management, destination product marketing development, accessibility systems, people development and dependable management. This study contributes to the field of tourism through testing a destination marketing success model that can be applied to global destinations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: GV Recreation Leisure