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The effects of residents' social identity and involvement on their advocacy of incoming tourism

Palmer, Adrian, Koenig-Lewis, Nicole and Medi Jones, Lisa Elinor 2013. The effects of residents' social identity and involvement on their advocacy of incoming tourism. Tourism Management 38 , pp. 142-151. 10.1016/j.tourman.2013.02.019

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A long stream of literature has identified cognitive, emotional and evaluative dimensions of social identity. Previous studies have examined identity self-congruence of incoming tourists. However, the application of identity theory to the study of host communities' support of incoming tourism has been under-researched. This paper seeks to make a contribution by closing this gap by investigating residents' identity and its association with their propensity to become advocates for inward tourism. A largely quantitative survey methodology used a sample of 307 Welsh residents to record items measuring their identity, involvement with tourism activities and their tourism advocacy behaviours. Affective components of identity had no significant effect on advocacy, but significant direct effects of cognitive components were found and also indirect effects mediated by involvement with tourists. It is concluded that advertising images presented by many tourism destination marketing organisations are incongruent with residents' identity. Cognitive identity results in stronger advocacy behaviours, and can be encouraged by greater involvement of residents with tourism activities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social identity; Inward tourism; Residents; Advocacy
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0261-5177
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 November 2017
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2017 10:48

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