Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2014


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530


Spring break, College students -- Recreation -- Decision making, College students -- Attitudes


Spring Break is a monumental rite of passage for college students and young adults all over the world. It is the time to reward us with one of the most unbelievable vacations for our hard study and escape ordinary and venture out to someplace new. There are many best and most popular locations which may make our spring break one of the best and unforgettable weeks of the year. E. Sirakaya and R. W. Mclellan suggest that college students are mostly concerned with the cost of the vacation, convenience, local hospitality and services, entertainment and drinking opportunity, recreation and sporting activities available, and change in students’ daily life. Unlike summer or winter breaks, spring break is short and just a week, so the time limitation is another affecting factor for destination choice.

This paper applies the Hierarchical Decision Model (HDM) to determine the most desirable vacation destination. The results provide guidance to us in identifying the best destination we should follow for our spring break so that we can have an unforgettable week.

The purpose of the HDM is to aggregate the opinions of experts to obtain relative values for the various characteristics of destination candidates. Pairwise comparisons method is used to quantify the expert judgments for the decision model.


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