Axiology of Tourism Shopping: A Cross-Level Investigation of Value-in-the-Experience (VALEX)

Ip Kin Anthony Wong, GuoQiong Ivanka Huang, Zhuo Catherine Li

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This study draws on the premise of value-in-the-experience (VALEX), axiology, and situated cognition to investigate how value is contextualized within a broader social system that is manifested through the service environment where the shopping experience occurs. A cross-level framework is proposed to examine how shopping value is embedded within the broader setting. Findings reveal that the broader shopping environment is a facilitator of the value–experience process when tourists are seeking hedonic value, while it is a disabler when they are seeking utilitarian value. This inquiry opens a new avenue of research in shopping tourism, with a focus on a more complex dynamic of value-in-context based on situated cognition.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • multilevel
  • service environment
  • tourism shopping
  • travel value
  • value in the experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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