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Destination image and the renewal of mature tourist destinations

Casado-Diaz, Maria; Vera-Rebollo, Jose Fernando

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Jose Fernando Vera-Rebollo


Research has shown how destination image influences tourist behaviour and destination choice. More recently, academics have turned their attention to the way in which image can play an important role in the renewal of mature tourist destinations, particularly in maintaining their competitiveness in the global market (Rebollo and Banos, 2010; Ivars et al., 2012). This paper explores the role of destination image on tourism renewal processes of mature coastal destinations using a case study of Benidorm, Spain.
Using a qualitative approach based on in-depth interviews and content analysis this paper explores the destination image of Benidorm, Spain, as perceived by UK-based travel intermediaries and British tourists. Following Echtner and Ritchie (1993) the paper analyses the different components of Benidorm’s tourist image and discusses the cognitive and affective attributes associated to the destination. Results from the qualitative analysis evidence a highly positive image of the destination among both travel intermediaries and tourists as well as a strong brand image and brand loyalty among British holidaymakers.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers
Start Date Apr 9, 2013
End Date Apr 13, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords tourism geographies, destination image, travel intermediaries, renewal, Benidorm, Spain
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, April 2013


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