Tourists’ emotional solidarity with residents: a segmentation analysis and its links to destination image and loyalty

Stylidis, Dimitrios ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9488-3160, Woosnam, Kyle M. and Ivkov, Milan (2020) Tourists’ emotional solidarity with residents: a segmentation analysis and its links to destination image and loyalty. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management . ISSN 2212-571X (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

It is nearly impossible to consider a destination without also acknowledging its people and the relationships visitors have with such residents. Extant research on emotional solidarity has treated visitors as a homogenous group, failing to identify differences in the way people develop solidarity and perceive a destination. This study addresses this gap by clustering tourists based on their emotional solidarity with residents; and identifying whether tourist subgroups share different perceptions of the destination and levels of loyalty. Analysis was based on a sample of 400 Serbian visitors who had visited Greece. Three groups were identified with different levels of emotional solidarity, termed Appreciator, Lover, and Emotionally Distant. All groups exhibited dissimilar cognitive and affective images and diverse levels of loyalty.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 30640
Notes on copyright: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User: Dimitrios Stylidis
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 16:54
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 22:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/30640

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