Using brand personality to differentiate regional tourism destinations

Murphy, Laurie, Moscardo, Gianna, and Benckendorff, Pierre (2007) Using brand personality to differentiate regional tourism destinations. Journal of Travel Research, 46 (1). pp. 5-14.

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Destination branding is growing rapidly as an approach to tourism destination promotion. While this concept has been borrowed from the world of general consumer goods and applied in a number of national tourism destinations, academic analysis of the value and effectiveness of destination branding has emerged more slowly. The present article addresses this paucity of academic scrutiny by examining the value of the destination brand personality construct in distinguishing between two regional tourism destinations. A survey of 480 tourists was conducted adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Australia to gather data about the destination image attributes of two regional destinations that were branded by a state destination marketing organization. The results indicated that tourists were able to articulate different destination brand personalities for each region. The results also indicated that more work might need to be done to adapt existing frameworks of brand personality to the tourism context.

Item ID: 2818
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6763
Keywords: destination branding; image; personality; self-congruence
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009 22:30
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150604 Tourism Marketing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 100%
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