A place like me, personality predicts holiday destinations

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When people choose they often prefer similarity, rather than complementarity. This paper argues that the evaluation of a holiday destination is no exception to this tendency. The study introduces “tourist-destination personality similarity” (TDPS) as a concept which is distinct from “perceived overall fit” (POF) between tourist and destination, and examines the effects of these two concepts of congruence on vacationers’ satisfaction and recommendation behavior. Examining a sample of actual vacationers (N = 308) in a holiday resort, TDPS and POF emerged as two related, but distinct concepts: TDPS was a driver of POF, which in turn increased tourists’ satisfaction and actual recommendations of the destination. Our results confirm TDPS as a valuable tool for tourism brand managers and tourism research.

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Author:

  • Magdalena Bekk, Matthias Spörrle and Joachim Kruse

KLA:

  • Life Style

Type:

  • Article