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Spring 2015


Research on family travel decision making has shown that the roles of husband, wife and children have evolved through the years. In a research conducted about 40 years ago husbands were found more dominant in travel decisions (Jenkins, 1978). This study was replicated by Litvin, Xu and Kang (2004) more recently and a decrease in husband’s influence and increase in joint decisions were observed. Local food preference being one of the decisions made during travel, creates positive impact on the region through backward linkages between local food producers and tourism industry (Cohen, & Avieli, 2004; Torres, 2002; Telfer & Wall, 2000). An understanding of tourist preference of local food will serve this aim by providing information to tourism planners and local food producers.