Influence of perceived city brand image on emotional attachment to the city

Manyiwa, Simon and Priporas, Constantinos-Vasilios and Wang, Xuan Lorna (2018) Influence of perceived city brand image on emotional attachment to the city. Journal of Place Management and Development, 11 (1). pp. 60-77. ISSN 1753-8335

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Abstract

Purpose - This study examines the influence of perceived city brand image on emotional attachment to the city. The study also compares the effects of perceived brand image of the city on the emotional attachment to the city across two groups: residents and visitors.

Design/methodology - A total of 207 usable questionnaires were collected from 107 residents of the city of Bratislava, Slovakia, and 100 visitors to the city. Partial least square structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) method was used for data analysis.

Findings - This study establishes that perceived city brand image significantly influences emotional attachment to the city. The study concludes that affective city image has greater impact on emotional attachment to the city among the residents than visitors. In contrast, the influence of cognitive city image on emotional attachment to the city does not vary across the two categories of residents and visitors to the city.

Practical implications - City tourism marketers should focus on improving city brand images to enhance tourists’ emotional attachment to the city to promote repeat visits among visitors.

Originality/value - This study contributes to improving understanding of the impact of perceived city brand image on emotional attachment to the city across the two groups, residents and visitors, using social exchange theory. Furthermore, the findings come from a relatively under-researched Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 22752
Notes on copyright: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This is the accepted version of the manuscript "Influence of perceived city brand image on emotional attachment to the city", published in the journal "Journal of Place Management and Development" available via the journal site at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-01-2017-0011
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Depositing User: Simon Manyiwa
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 15:05
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 18:34
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22752

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