Exploring visitors’ experience using strategic experiential modules (SEMs): the case of Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Ghazali Musa, Izzah Mohammad, Thinaranjeney Thirumoorthi, Sedigheh Moghavvemi, Azilah Kasim
  • International Journal of Tourism Cities, August 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/ijtc-08-2014-0012

Exploring visitors’ experience

What is it about?

Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the experiences of visitors using the strategic experiential modules (SEMs). Design/methodology/approach – In this study, the authors analysed a total of 37 essays written by University of Malaya students who visited the attraction on 23 November 2013. The aim is to explore what constitutes the elements within the SEMs , pertaining to the students’ visit. Theresults are potentially useful for future Zoo Negara marketing communication initiatives, as well as for the management to remedy the shortfalls which have hindered Zoo Negara from operating as a self-sustaining attraction. Findings – The results confirmed the applicability of all five dimensions of the modules, which include both positive and negative elements. Of the five dimensions, THINK and SENSE were the most frequently expressed. Originality/value – Though this study offers no theoretical contribution,it does demonstrate the applicability of the Schmitt theory on SEMs and the usefulness of such an application from the managerial perspective. Keywords Malaysia, Perception, Experience, Essay method, Strategic experiential modules, Zoo, Tourist attractions Paper type Research paper

Why is it important?

This is a qualitative research which used essay from students.

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