Using co-operative evaluation to explore travel and tourism decision making.

DEARDEN, Andy and LO, C. M. (2004). Using co-operative evaluation to explore travel and tourism decision making. In: Information and communication technologies in tourism 2004, the 11th ENTER International Conference, Cairo, Egypt. Springer, 172-183.


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This paper reports on the use of ‘co-operative evaluation’ to investigate tourists' decision making behaviours when using Internet resources. Co-operative evaluation is a qualitative ‘think-aloud’ technique used to investigate usability problems in interactive systems. In this study, the technique is adapted to examine both interaction problems and decision-making activities of subjects attempting to plan a weekend break to Paris. The results show that existing general accounts of decision-making in e-commerce are not sufficiently rich to describe decision behaviours in tourism. Also, these accounts may be enhanced by reference to descriptions of tourism decision-making that pre-date the development of e-commerce. The findings also suggest that many existing web-based tools to support tourism decision-making are poorly matched to the needs of Internet users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Springer. Part of Springer Science+Business Media
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 12:25

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