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Tourist‐created content: rethinking destination branding

Ana María Munar (Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationship between tourists' user‐generated content on the web and destination branding, as well as to discuss the online strategies used by destination management organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

The research adopts an exploratory study of social media sites and destination brands, relying on qualitative research methods, content analysis and field research.

Findings

Tourists are largely contributing to destination image formation, while avoiding the use of the formal elements of the brands. The most popular strategies used by destination management organizations exhibit some crucial weaknesses. However, a strategy based on analytics brings new opportunities for destination branding.

Originality/value

The study provides an innovative analysis of tourist‐created content and its impact on destination branding and presents a theoretical model of generic web‐based strategies.

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Citation

María Munar, A. (2011), "Tourist‐created content: rethinking destination branding", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 291-305. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506181111156989

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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