Is perception of destination image stable or does it fluctuate? A measurement of three points in time

Kim, Sam and Stylidis, Dimitrios and Oh, Moon (2019) Is perception of destination image stable or does it fluctuate? A measurement of three points in time. International Journal of Tourism Research . ISSN 1099-2340 (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify variations of three types of perceived image including affective, cognitive, and overall image over three points in time and to test the efficacy of image in explaining satisfaction, knowledge, and attachment with a destination. Although previous studies used results collected through a cross-sectional survey, this study surveyed the same samples at three different times, that is before, during and after travel, to enrich our understanding of how image develops through the three key stages of a trip. The findings indicate there is significant variation in perceived image domains, extracted as a result of factor analysis, and overall image across time. To predict satisfaction, attachment, and knowledge, “vividness” of the affective image domains and “diverse tourism attraction” of the cognitive image domains showed significance on regression models. Interestingly, “developed tourism industry” was not reported being significant predictor in any model. The results suggest that future studies need to measure destination image over time in line with traveller’s movement.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 26198
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Depositing User: Dimitrios Stylidis
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 17:31
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26198

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