Food preferences of Chinese tourists

Richard C.Y. Chang*, Jakša Kivela, Athena H.N. Mak

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Given the scarcity of research on tourist food preference, this study is a first attempt to generate in-depth understanding of Chinese tourists' food preferences in a culturally different environment by employing on-site participant observations and focus group interviews. It provides a detailed analysis of the motivational factors underlying the Chinese participants' food preferences when holidaying in Australia, and also proposes a typology that describes and contrasts the participants' tourism dining attitudes, motivations and behaviors. Furthermore, this study elucidates the influence of Chinese food culture on the participants' tourism dining behaviors and explores the disparities in dining behavioral patterns between the participants in terms of their dining motivations and the way they related tourism dining experiences to their daily experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-1011
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese food culture
  • Chinese tourists
  • Gastronomy tourism
  • Motivational factors
  • Tourism dining behavior
  • Tourist food preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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