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Indian diaspora in Ghana: cultural and family heritage of tourists' travel preference

Iddrisu Mohammed (Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Ghana Business School, College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Alexander Preko (Marketing Department, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
Azizbek Allaberganov (Department of Human Geography, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Giessen, Germany)
Tachie-Eyiah Yaw Thomas (Marketing Department, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 7 December 2021

Issue publication date: 20 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The literature has acknowledged the importance of diaspora studies because of the influx of funds into the local economy, including the tourism and hospitality sector. However, little empirical research appears to be known about the subject matter, principally within the developing country perspective. This study aims to respond to research calls by investigating the impact of diasporic cultural heritage, family heritage on travel preference of West African Indian migrant visitors to their homeland.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is guided by the theory of acculturation. A quantitative data were gathered from a sample of 312 diasporas, and the regression analysis was used to analyze the data.

Findings

The study finds that cultural heritage and family heritage have positive and significant impact on travel preference of migrant visitors to their homeland. Further analysis of the independent sample t-test reveals a significant difference between Indian Ghanaians and Ghanaian Indians in their thought of cultural heritage. However, no significant differences were found in the Indian Ghanaian and Ghanaian Indian’s family heritage and travel preference to their homeland.

Research limitations/implications

This study is destination-specific of Indian migrant visitors. The application of the study’s outcome to other diaspora would demand a larger sample size for generalization to be made. The study offers compelling insights on cultural heritage, family heritage and travel preference to marketing a diaspora tourism site.

Originality/value

The study expands the application of the theory of acculturation within the diaspora literature and establishes that integration and separation strategies of the theory explain the positive interests of the migrant visitors’ traveling preference to their homeland.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the two proofreaders: Dr Theophilus Francis Gyepi-Garbrah and Veronica Adjei including the Editor and the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments from which the present paper greatly improved. Any remaining errors or deficiencies are solely the authors’ responsibility.

Citation

Mohammed, I., Preko, A., Allaberganov, A. and Thomas, T.-E.Y. (2023), "Indian diaspora in Ghana: cultural and family heritage of tourists' travel preference", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 286-304. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-07-2021-0177

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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