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Interpersonal influence and destination brand equity perceptions

Felicitas Evangelista (Associate Professor at the School of Marketing, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South Dc, Australia)
Leonardo A.N. Dioko (Professor at the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau, China)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Article publication date: 9 August 2011




This study seeks to examine the effect of two types of social influence, normative and informational, on travelers' perceptions of a destination's brand equity.


A brand equity measurement model, previously developed for a tangible product brand, is applied and validated in the context of a destination brand. The structural model is then estimated to test the effects of normative and informational influence on brand equity.


Normative but not informational influence has a significant effect on brand equity perceptions.


The empirical results help to strengthen the claim that branding principles can be readily generalized to tourism destinations.



Evangelista, F. and Dioko, L.A.N. (2011), "Interpersonal influence and destination brand equity perceptions", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 316-328.



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