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Eat, sleep, fly, repeat: meal patterns among Swedish business travellers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8179-4628
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food and Nutrition.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5464-5686
2019 (English)In: Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism, ISSN 2169-2971Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Over half of the annual guests at Swedish hotels are supplied by the corporate sector. These guests are made up of individuals who travel for meetings, conferences, or presentations as a part of their job. Access to meals while travelling is essential and introduces added complexity to the business travellers’ everyday lives. These meals, and the pattern in which they are consumed, are part of the individual traveller’s personal and group identities. Therefore, the aim of this article is to study if business travellers deviate from their habitual meal patterns and if so - what changes they make. To further the understanding of this group’s meal patterns, a questionnaire was created and distributed. It was answered by 538 self-identified business travellers. These business travellers were made up of three groups – solo travellers, group travellers, and individuals who travelled both in groups as well as alone. Pearson’s chi-squared test was used to analyse differences in actions related to the meal pattern between groups. The analysis showed that changes in the meal pattern did occur in some instances. However, the majority of the business travellers adhered to their habitual meal pattern while adjusting their behaviour depending on the time of day. Managers of catering suppliers gaining insight into the meal habits of business travellers could help to ease an otherwise stressful situation by supplying meals, as a context, that fit with the business travellers’ habitual patterns and meal contexts.

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Cognizant Communication Corporation, 2019.
Keywords [en]
meal behaviour, meal practice, business tourism, hospitality management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165528DOI: 10.3727/216929719X15736343324841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165528DiVA, id: diva2:1373012
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-26

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