Exploring resident-tourist interaction and its impact on tourists’ destination image

Stylidis, Dimitrios ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9488-3160 (2020) Exploring resident-tourist interaction and its impact on tourists’ destination image. Journal of Travel Research . pp. 1-16. ISSN 0047-2875 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/0047287520969861)

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Although previous research has widely acknowledged the critical role residents play in tourism, limited evidence exists on the impact their interactions with tourists have on tourists’ own image formulation and intention to return/recommend the destination to others. Grounded in the mere exposure and contact theories, this research offers insights into tourists’ destination image formation in light of their interactions with local residents and tourism employees at a destination. Two independent studies were conducted in 2019 to establish the soundness of the model; a preliminary one in the city of Kavala (n = 353) and a follow up study on the island of Thasos (n = 397), both located in Greece. Findings suggest that interaction between the two parties positively affect cognitive, affective and conative image, predicting 64% (study 1) and 54% (study 2) of the latter’s variance. Implications to theory and practice along with recommendations for future research are provided.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Interaction quality; mere exposure theory; contact theory; destination loyalty; Greece
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 31094
Notes on copyright: Stylidis D. Exploring Resident–Tourist Interaction and its Impact on Tourists’ Destination Image. Journal of Travel Research. November 2020. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). DOI: doi:10.1177/0047287520969861
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Depositing User: Dimitrios Stylidis
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2020 07:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 12:38
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31094

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