Impacts of city personality and image on revisit intention

Hong-bumm Kim (College of Hospitality and Tourism, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea)
Sanggun Lee (Department of Tourism Event Management, Paichai University, Daejeon, South Korea)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the causal relationships of city personality and city image, together with the possible effect of city image on the revisit intention of visitors, through empirical validation, so that some meaningful implications can reveal to city planners and marketers how the city tourists can be affected by the personality and image of the city.

Design/methodology/approach

This study offers an integrated approach to understanding the relationship between city personality and city image. The research model investigates the relevant relationships among the underlying dimensions of city personality and city image by using a structural equation modeling (SEM) approach. Data obtained from a sample of 302 respondents drawn from a web-based survey in South Korea were analyzed with AMOS program.

Findings

The results of this empirical study indicate that city personality positively or negatively affect city image depending on the nature of constructs. Positive relationships are found to exist between excitement as well as sophistication personality and dynamic image of city. On the contrary, the relationship between sincerity personality and dynamic image is negative. All the specific three images of city: dynamic, specific, and static image show positive impact on revisit intention of city tourists.

Originality/value

The empirical results of this study provide tenable evidence that the proposed SEM designed to consider city personality and city image, and revisit intention simultaneously is acceptable. Even though in the previous literature, researchers tried to explain the relationship between city personality and city image, the conceptual model and empirical studies pertaining to causal relationships among those constructs have not been thoroughly examined. It is believed that this study has a substantial capability for generating more precise applications related to city tourism, especially concerning city personality and city image.

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Acknowledgements

© International Tourism Studies Association

Citation

Kim, H.-b. and Lee, S. (2015), "Impacts of city personality and image on revisit intention", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 50-69. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-08-2014-0004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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