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Friday, August 21, 2009

8th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, 06-09 September 2009, Zurich

Oral Presentation:

The Effect of Tourist Culture on the Perception of Hotel Lobbies:
A Comparison between Asian and European Tourists

Emine Koseoglu

Yildiz Technical University, Department of Architecture

Deniz Erinsel Onder
Yildiz Technical University, Department of Architecture

Omer Bilen
Yildiz Technical University, Department of Statistics

AbstractThis study examines cultural differences in the perception of hotel lobbies. It aims to determine the differences/similarities within spatial preferences in hotel lobbies by focusing on three aspects: physical appearance, configuration and usage and privacy arrangements.

A survey was conducted in Sultanahmet, Istanbul with tourists within two focus groups from Asian and European countries (n= 30 each). They were asked to rate their agreement with each statement about spatial features on a 5-point Likert scale.

As a result, both differences and similarities in the perception of the tourists from different cultures are found. It can be noted that there are statistically significant differences between the two groups in terms of configurational features and usage and privacy arrangement of lobbies. The results provide designers some data to create a space for similar user profiles.

Keywords: cultural differences, spatial perception, tourist behaviour, user preferences