Pull Motivation Factors Influencing Tourists’ Destination Loyalty in the Lake Victoria Region Tourism Circuit, Kenya
Stephen Kamau Nguthi
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Purpose:The purpose of this study was to identify pull motivation factors influencing tourists’ destination loyalty in the Lake Victoria Region Tourism Circuit, Kenya. Methodology:Thestudy adopted anexplanatoryresearch approach based on a cross-sectional survey design to collect and analyse quantitative data. Thisstudy proposed destination loyalty the most appropriate indicator of destination competitiveness.Self-administered questionnaires were used to collect quantitative primary data to help understand tourist pullmotivationfactors anddestination loyalty. The instrument was pre-tested using 20 tourists who were not included in the final study. The study population consisted of 461 tourists drawn from the circuits’ 26 classified hotels, based on the region’s 35% average occupancy rate. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to get 299 tourists whereby proportionate sampling followed by simple random sampling was used to identify hotels while convenience sampling helped obtain actual respondents. Findings:Tourists’ pull motivation factors wereidentified as;destination core resources, destination support resources, qualifying and amplifying resourcesand destination management factors.Recommendations:Based on the findings, the researcher suggests that destination managers should: constantly avail information linked to tourism to any intending traveler; ensure high quality hotel services; pay close attention to the safety and security of tourists in the destination, and; pay close attention to the accessibility of the destination for all intending clients respectively. Moreover,findings of this study offerguidelines to destination managers in the Lake Victoria Region Tourism Circuit Kenya, in monitoring and enhancing the destinations competitivenessbased on destination loyalty.
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