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Perceived value, satisfaction and loyalty in a World Heritage Site Alhambra and Generalife (Granada, Spain)

José Valverde-Roda (Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain)
Salvador Moral-Cuadra (Department of Accountancy and Finance, Universidad de Granada - Campus de Melilla, Melilla, Spain)
Minerva Aguilar-Rivero (Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain)
Miguel Ángel Solano-Sánchez (Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Granada – Campus de Melilla, Melilla, Spain)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 15 March 2022

Issue publication date: 9 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to replicate a model already proven in previous research in this field. This will make it possible to explain the possible relationships that may occur among the motivations, perceived value, satisfaction and loyalty of the tourist towards the Alhambra and Generalife inscribed as World Heritage Site (WHS) in 1984.

Design/methodology/approach

From a dataset containing 1,612 surveys, a model a model based on structural equations has been carried out through SmartPLS software, focus the analysis on the model dependent variables’ predictive power, as well as the size of the effect and the statistical inference of the structural relationships.

Findings

The main conclusions include the influence of perceived value on satisfaction as well as the influence of the latter on loyalty. it is remarkable the effect that the perceived value has on satisfaction, and satisfaction on loyalty. This implies that a positive assessment of world heritage destinations leads a subsequent loyalty to them.

Practical implications

The results obtained in this research can be used as a starting point for the establishment of new strategies for the promotion of the destination in terms of tourism and heritage.

Originality/value

The inclusion in the list of WHS is recognition in terms of material and historical quality, as well as a stimulus for tourism because it increases the number of visits to the destination. Several studies carried out in these types of destinations have shown the existence of a relationship between motivations, perceived value, satisfaction and loyalty. However, there are no previous studies carried out in the Alhambra and the Generalife that sustain this relationship. This work makes a contribution that completes the academic literature on the study of the emotional bonds between the historical and monumental heritage and the tourist who visits it and its behaviour.

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Citation

Valverde-Roda, J., Moral-Cuadra, S., Aguilar-Rivero, M. and Solano-Sánchez, M.Á. (2022), "Perceived value, satisfaction and loyalty in a World Heritage Site Alhambra and Generalife (Granada, Spain)", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 949-964. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-08-2021-0174

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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