Testing an integrated destination image model across residents and tourists

Dimitrios Stylidis, Amir Shani, Yaniv Belhassen

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Abstract

Tourism research has yet to confirm whether an integrated destination image model is applicable in predicting the overall destination image and behavioral intentions of local residents. This study examines whether the cognitive, affective and overall image - hypothesized to be predictors of behavioral intentions - are applicable to residents and tourists in the resort city of Eilat. The proposed model allowed for the distinct effect of each image component on overall image and behavior to be closely examined. The findings support the applicability of the model to local residents and also showed that among tourists, the affective component exerted a greater influence than the cognitive on overall destination image and future behavior. These findings have theoretical and practical implications for research on destination image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-195
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Management
Volume58
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Behavioral intentions
  • Destination image
  • Destination marketing
  • Israel
  • Local residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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