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Title: Rethinking destination image formation
Authors: Kislali, Hidayet
Kavaratzis, Mihalis
Saren, Michael
First Published: 7-Mar-2016
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 2016, 10 (1), pp. 70-80
Abstract: Purpose – This paper aims to contribute to conceptualization of destination image (DI) and shed light on the overlooked socio-cultural aspects of tourism along with recent technological changes. It endeavours to develop a framework to conceptualize DI formation considering socio-cultural, political, historical and technological influences. Design/methodology/approach – Unlike the orthodoxy in tourism research, tourism phenomenon is approached from a wider social science perspective. To cast light on the progress in DI research, a critical literature review is followed by evaluation of the well-known DI formation frameworks in tourism literature. Seminal articles, cornerstones of DI studies, are critically discussed in this paper. While stressing the prominence of these studies, their shortcomings are also examined. Findings – The paper introduces a novel framework of DI formation that helps bring DI research further through a wider socio-cultural perspective. The framework incorporates holistic characteristics of DI and the contemporary technological environment. Originality/value – This paper proposes a nuanced and more holistic understanding of DI. While most of the previous studies overlooked socio-cultural, historical, political, economic and technological factors, they have been explicitly addressed in the framework proposed in this paper.
DOI Link: 10.1108/IJCTHR-05-2015-0050
ISSN: 1750-6182
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Emerald. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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