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Communicating quality audit indicators for inbound tourism: a qualitative insight from Malaysian travel agencies

Saad, Mazni and Mohamad Ali, Afiza and Ismail, Zahid and Mohd Arop, Nor Hafizah and Baharudin, Noor Zaleha (2019) Communicating quality audit indicators for inbound tourism: a qualitative insight from Malaysian travel agencies. 29TH EBES Conference - Lisbon Proceedings Volume 3, 3. pp. 1759-1778.

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Quality assurance is fundamental to all business activities in the tourism sector as it is advantageous to market recognition and competitiveness. Awareness of the importance of quality assurance certifications is already in place in Malaysia however it is still under-researched. Thus, this study aims to investigate how local travel agency operators perceive suitable levels of quality audit indicators for inbound travel agencies. A semi-structured interview was conducted to explore the views and experiences of key industry players from five travel agencies involved in both inbound and outbound tourism businesses in the country. A content analysis of data acknowledged the industry's increased awareness of quality service delivery and the importance of rationalising key quality audit indicators in assuring the lifelong survival of inbound Malaysian travel agencies. Also found was the need for systematic monitoring of the inbound travel agency's certification plan that continually reflects the demands of the clientèle and uplifts national productivity as outlined in the initiatives undertaken by the Tourism Productivity Nexus, an industry-led establishment under the Malaysia Productivity Blueprint 2016-2020. The study finally outlines specific entrepreneurial strategies that will enhance productivity operations at the enterprise level.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8533/76895
Uncontrolled Keywords: certifications, inbound tourism, quality assurance, quality indicators, travel agency
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX901 Hotels, clubs, restaurants, etc. Food service
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Languages and Management
Depositing User: Dr Mazni Saad
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 12:53
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 12:53
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/76895

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