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Vol. 19 No. 2 (2021)

Impact of Destination Attributes on Tourists Destination Selection: With Special Reference to Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

DOI
https://doi.org/10.5614/ajht.2021.19.2.02
Submitted
October 27, 2020
Published
2021-09-08

Abstract

Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. Amongst tourists’
attractions, “Cultural Triangle”, a region of the cultural heritage of the country has become
the highest income generating destination. However, when compared with the other
tourists’ destinations of the country, the number of tourists visiting the cultural triangle is
low. As the literature reveals, the attributes of the destination matter in destination
selection by the international tourists. Thus, considering the importance of this region as
the top income contributor but not in terms of the number of tourists' visits, this study
problematizes the impacts of destination attributes on tourist`s destination selection.
Accordingly, the objective of this study is to identify the destination attributes and their
relationship with the tourists’ destination selection decisions. Data was collected through
questionnaires from a sample of 222 foreign tourists who visited the cultural triangle
during 2019 through a selected travel agent. Results of the multiple regression analysis
revealed that attributes of Amenities, Destination Attractions, Accessibility, Ancillary
Services, and Destination Environment as having a moderate positive relationship whilst,
the service quality weak positive relationship with Tourist’s Destination selection.
Destination attraction was identified as the most influential factor of all attributes. The
findings of this study can be used by policymakers in developing destinations for tourists’
attractions in the country.

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