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Destination attractiveness: Are there relationships with destination attributes?


Vengesayi, S, Destination attractiveness: Are there relationships with destination attributes?, The Business Review, Cambridge, 10, (2) pp. 289-294. ISSN 1553-5827 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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This paper investigates the effects of Destination Attractions (DA) and Destination Support Services (DSS) on Destination Attractiveness (DAtt). The aim is to highlight how destination supporting services influence destination attractiveness. Researchers have highlighted the importance of various destination attributes as determinants of destination attractiveness, but rarely has the relationship been empirically tested to examine the influence of these attribute on destination attractiveness. This study uses Structural Equation Modeling to empirically examine this relationship. A study of 275 tourists reveal that not all destination attractions have direct influence on destination attractiveness. On the other hand destination support services have both direct and indirect influence on destination attractiveness.

This study focuses on the research stream that has been well developed over the years on tourism destination attractiveness. Research studies, both conceptual and empirical, have examined the determinants of destination attractiveness. Various destination attributes have been identified as determining the attractiveness of tourism destinations. These attributes have then been used to assess the level of attractiveness of destinations but there appears to be no s attempt to empirically measure the significant effects of these indicators/attributes on destination attractiveness. What is lacking are studies that investigate the direct and indirect influence or destination attractions and destination supporting services on destination attractiveness. This study aims to fill this gap and reveal the direct and indirect influence that these attributes have on destination attractiveness (Crouch & Ritchie, 1999).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Tourism management
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Tourism infrastructure development
UTAS Author:Vengesayi, S (Dr Sebastian Vengesayi)
ID Code:53315
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2008-11-25
Last Modified:2014-12-09
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