Document Type

Research Paper


Johnson & Wales University, School of Business Administration, RSCH 5500, Business Information & Decision-Making, Martin W. Sivula, Ph.D. November 14, 2013


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between family leisure behavior and apply its relationship into the tourism and hotel industry. Exploratory sample data (N=50) were collected from international students at Johnson and Wales University, primarily of Chinese and Korean ethnicity. The instrument consisted of three parts: demographic features, past family leisure tendency, and current family leisure tendency. Ho: There is not a significant difference between the past frequency and satisfaction of family leisure and the current family leisure frequency and satisfaction. A t-test for independent samples is used to address the hypothesis. The results of the study indicated that there is no significant relationship between the past and the present family leisure activities, however, it is important to fully understand the underlying explanations of this result. There are many other variables that can affect the family leisure such as study, change of the interest, parents’ divorce, economic conditions, and adolescence. These reasons indicate that tourism and the hotel industry have to target the families as their main customers with considering the factors that might affect the family leisure activities. However, one of the more interesting findings is that almost 66.00% of those surveyed are satisfied with their reduced family leisure time.



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