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Tourism Service in India: A Model for Identifying Niche Tourism Products in View of Foreign Tourists


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1 UGC-Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Commerce, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
     

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The Indian Government, has been initiating to identifying, diversifying, developing and promoting the ‘Niche tourism products’, namely Cruise, Adventure, Medical, Wellness, Golf, Polo, Meetings Incentives Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE), Eco-tourism, Film Tourism, etc. (Annual Report-2018 p. 9) to overcome ‘seasonality’ challenges, to attract foreign tourists throughout the year with specific interest. This study investigated the relationship between Niche tourism products and foreign tourists visit. A total of 159 foreign responses were collected using close-ended questionnaire. The data was examined with the help of Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The key findings reveal all niche tourism products have the significant impact on foreign tourists visit, except Golf, Polo, Meeting Incentives Conference & Exhibition tourism. Further, the study focussed on the position of the Tourism sector in India. Besides, results, discussions, policy implications and suggestions are also discussed.

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Tourism Service, Niche Tourism Product, Foreign Tourist, Cruise Tourism, Yoga Tourism.
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Ramakrishna Bandaru
UGC-Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Commerce, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
J. Ravi Kumar
Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Abstract


The Indian Government, has been initiating to identifying, diversifying, developing and promoting the ‘Niche tourism products’, namely Cruise, Adventure, Medical, Wellness, Golf, Polo, Meetings Incentives Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE), Eco-tourism, Film Tourism, etc. (Annual Report-2018 p. 9) to overcome ‘seasonality’ challenges, to attract foreign tourists throughout the year with specific interest. This study investigated the relationship between Niche tourism products and foreign tourists visit. A total of 159 foreign responses were collected using close-ended questionnaire. The data was examined with the help of Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The key findings reveal all niche tourism products have the significant impact on foreign tourists visit, except Golf, Polo, Meeting Incentives Conference & Exhibition tourism. Further, the study focussed on the position of the Tourism sector in India. Besides, results, discussions, policy implications and suggestions are also discussed.

Keywords


Tourism Service, Niche Tourism Product, Foreign Tourist, Cruise Tourism, Yoga Tourism.