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The Amazing Race to India: Prominence in Reality Television Affects Destination Image and Travel Intentions

T. Tessitore, M. Pandelaere and A. van Kerckhove ()
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Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Abstract: Considering the increasing popularity of reality television shows, this research investigated the impact of a destination placement in reality television on tourism. Two experiments reveal that a reality show can change the image of the destination in which the show is set. This positively affects cognitive, affective and behavioral outcomes. Specifically, it changes perceptions in accordance with the depiction of the destination in the reality show, increases knowledge about the destination, favorably affects viewers’ attitude toward the destination, and even more importantly, increases the intention to travel to the destination. Our findings are of interest to destination marketing organizations; they inform them on how to promote touristic destinations

Keywords: Product placement; reality television; perception; destination marketing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2013-09
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