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dc.contributor.authorKruger, M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSaayman, M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorEllis, S.M.en_US
dc.identifier.citationKruger, M. et al. 2010. Does loyalty pay? First-time versus repeat visitors at a national arts festival. Southern African business review, 14(1):79-104 []en_US
dc.identifier.issn1998-8125 (Online)en_US
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this research is to segment visitors to one of South Africa’s biggest arts festivals based on the frequency of visits in order to distinguish between fi rst-time and repeat festival attendees. Both fi rst-time and repeat visitor groups play a fundamental role in the overall well-being and success of a festival, and festival organisers must strive to achieve a balance between fi rst-time and repeat visitors. Festival managers should therefore be aware of the festival attributes that di ff erentiate between the fi rst-time visitor group and repeat visitors attending the festival. These di ff erences include socio-demographics, behavioural characteristics, destination perception, perceived value and tr avel motivations. This article therefore compares fi rst-time and repeat visitors to the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival based on these categories. A questionnaire survey (N = 555) was conducted at the festival, and the fi ndings indicate that there are signi fi cant di ff erences between fi rst-time and repeat visitors at the festival. First-time visitors spend a signi fi cant amount of money during the festival and are mainly motivated by Relaxation and socialisation and Festival shows/productions, while repeat visitors are loyal visitors who stay longer and spend more money, especially on tickets supporting the festival’s shows/ productions. Results reveal that both fi rst-time and repeat visitor groups are important for the long-term sustainability of the festival. T h is m e t h o d o f s e g m e n t a t i o n h a s p r o v e d t o b e su c c essf ul a n d is us e d as the basis for proposing managerial and marketing implications for the festival organisers
dc.publisherUniversity of South Africaen_US
dc.titleDoes loyalty pay? First-time versus repeat visitors at a national arts festivalen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10188908 - Ellis, Susanna Maria

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