Innovative restaurants in a mass-tourism city: Evidence from Antalya

Erkus-Orturk H., Terhorst P.

TOURISM MANAGEMENT, vol.54, pp.477-489, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.01.003
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.477-489
  • Keywords: Restaurants, Innovation, Mass-tourism cities, Diversification, Area differentiation, HAUTE-CUISINE, FOOD, EVOLUTION, IDENTITY, BRITISH
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


This paper is about innovative restaurants in the single-asset (sun-sea-sand) mass-tourism city of Antalya, and focuses on the supply side of the restaurant market. The broader aim of the paper is to show that the mass-tourism city of Antalya is more differentiated than one might expect. The specific aim of the paper is to find out what types of restaurants are more innovative than others and in what types of tourism places in the city they are located. The empirical research is based on interviews with 54 managers and chefs, the results of which are analysed with quantitative methods of relational analysis such as correspondence- and chi-square analysis. The main result of the empirical research is that high quality restaurants, visited by a mix of locals and tourists, and are located in a specific urban places, are most innovative. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.