Title: Selection criteria of customers of Chinese restaurants and their dining habits

Authors: D.P. Sudhagar; G. Rajendran

Addresses: School of Professional Studies, Garden City University, Bangalore-49, India ' Department of Management Studies, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025, India

Abstract: The present study investigates the selection criteria used by restaurant customers in India while choosing Chinese restaurant for dining and also to understand their contemporary dining habits. Structured questionnaire was used to collect the data from the respondents. Respondents were selected using the convenience sampling approach. The study used descriptive statistics and exploratory factor analysis to interpret the data. The results of the study would assist the Chinese restaurant marketers to understand the important restaurant attributesfrom the customer's perspective. It would also help to formulate required marketing and operational strategies incorporating food quality, service quality, customer relationship practices and promotional offers, so that the restaurant can stay competitive in the market by better meeting the needs and expectations of the customers. This study was an attempt to examine the Chinese restaurant consumer behaviour in the Indian context, particularly from the Chennai City. The research also provided vital information and insights for the researchers, academicians and the practitioners in the restaurant industry.

Keywords: Chinese; restaurant selection; dining habits; Chinese restaurant; important attributes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMTH.2017.084587

International Journal of Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality, 2017 Vol.1 No.1, pp.57 - 75

Received: 14 Dec 2016
Accepted: 16 Jan 2017

Published online: 15 Jun 2017 *

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