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Title:Examining the consumer behaviors of Illinois agritourism
Author(s):Wilkinson, Taylor Michelle
Advisor(s):Rosch, David M.
Department / Program:Agricultural Education Program
Discipline:Agricultural Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rural tourism
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine consumer behavior relationships in order to better serve and provide information for those currently involved and those wanting to open agritourism sites. The study investigated consumers at a Central Illinois agritourism site in fall 2016. With the use of an on-site offline questionnaire, post-visits were evaluated as consumers exited the site. Results of the study indicated strong relationships exist between hours spent on site, the number of miles traveled to the site, the number of items purchased on site, and the likelihood to revisit. The most powerful predictor of consumer purchasing was the number of times previously visited. The most powerful predictor of the number of times previously visiting the site was the number of miles driven to the site. Results indicate consumers are willing to travel to purchase goods at the agritourism site while spending considerable time and, ultimately, deciding to visit again.
Issue Date:2017-04-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Taylor M. Wilkinson
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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