Exploring How Mindfulness May Enhance Perceived Value of Travel Experience

Sandra Maria Correia Loureiro, Nikolaos Stylos, Francisco J. Miranda

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Abstract

This study aims to explore the effect of tourists’ mindfulness on the perceived value of travel experience (PVTE) through destination images (cognitive, affective, and conative) and tourist experiences. Data (n=370) was gathered using a self-administered structured questionnaire distributed to travellers departing from Lisbon International airport towards Spain in July 2017. The results show the important role of mindfulness in shaping all dimensions of destination image. Tourist experience acts as a mediator between destination images and PVTE. However, perceived authenticity does not have a moderating, but rather a controlling effect on the relationship between tourist experience and PVTE. From a theoretical point of view, the study makes important contribution in conceptualising the influence of a tourist’s mindfulness on PVTE through destination image components and tourist experience. From a practical perspective, it offers practitioners and DMOs valuable insights into the effective design and implementation of suitable destination marketing activities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalService Industries Journal
Early online date9 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Mindfulness
  • destination images
  • Tourist experience
  • Perceived value
  • Perceived authenticity
  • tourism destination

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