Most studies that investigate tourists' choices of destinations apply the concept of mental destination representations, also referred to as destination image. The present study investigates tourists’ destination choice processes by conceptualizing how different components of destination image are mentally processed in tourists' minds. Specifically, the seminal dual processing approach is applied to the destination image literature. By doing this, we argue that some components of mental destination representations are processed systematically while others serve as inputs for heuristics that individuals apply to inform their decision making. Understanding how individuals make use of their mental destination representations and how they color their decision-making is essential in order to better explain tourist behavior.
|Title of host publication||2017 TTRA Conference Proceedings : Tourism Travel and Research Association: Advancing Tourism Research Globally|
|Number of pages||5|
|Place of Publication||Atlanta, GA|
|Publisher||Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||48th Annual International Conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. TTRA 2017 - Hilton, Quebec City, Canada|
Duration: 20 Jun 2017 → 22 Jun 2017
Conference number: 48
|Conference||48th Annual International Conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. TTRA 2017|
|Period||20/06/2017 → 22/06/2017|
Kock, F., Josiassen, A., & Assaf, A. (2017). A Dual Process Approach to Understand Tourists’ Destination Choice Processes. In 2017 TTRA Conference Proceedings : Tourism Travel and Research Association: Advancing Tourism Research Globally Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL).