The Unfolding Theories on Destination Image, 1990-2020: A Content Analysis Approach

Fatima Lampreia Carvalho, Bernardete Sequeira, Magda Wikesjö, Célia M. Q. Ramos

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Resident and Tourist Perspectives on Travel Destinations
EditorsPatrícia Pinto, Manuela Guerreiro
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter15
Pages313-338
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781799831570
ISBN (Print)9781799831563
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Research on Resident and Tourist Perspectives on Travel Destinations
ISSN (Print)2475-6547
ISSN (Electronic)2475-6555

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