This chapter examines a 30-year collection of tourism destination image (TDI) components and scale attributes sourced from tourism and hospitality studies to assess the scientific field at hand. From the 1990s, it was clear that cognitive, affective, and overall (holistic) images were involved in destination image formation. Cognitive psychology is crucial to explain tourists´ behaviour, but tourism studies are not simply a branch of cognitive psychology. This study taps into the multidisciplinary character of destination image. At stake are propositions and theories applicable in tourism such as the theory of self-congruity, self-concept, brand signal theory, destination source credibility, novelty seeking theory, and brand equity theory. The intention of the present chapter is to map its theoretical ground and underlying hypotheses by means of a systematic literature review and point out sub-studied dimensions of TDI.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Research on Resident and Tourist Perspectives on Travel Destinations|
|Editors||Patrícia Pinto, Manuela Guerreiro|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2020|
|Name||Handbook of Research on Resident and Tourist Perspectives on Travel Destinations|