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On-line destination branding: an investigation into the divergence between brand goals and on-line implementation

Blumrodt, J. and Palmer, A. (2014) On-line destination branding: an investigation into the divergence between brand goals and on-line implementation. Journal of Applied Business Research (JABR), 30 (6). pp. 1597-1606. ISSN 0892-7626

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To link to this item DOI: 10.19030/jabr.v30i6.8877


The marketing of tourism destinations has become increasingly competitive. However, a tourism destination cannot be seen as a single destination-based entity competing with other destinations. Each tourism destination manager must typically integrate a network of interested stakeholders and mediate between political aims and operational realities. Websites are an increasingly important focus for competitive differentiation of tourism destinations. This research examines the effects of cultural differences on website development by comparing cultural environments typified by a prevalence of collectivism with those typified by individualism. Websites from a sample of French and English seaside tourism destinations are compared, with a focus on tourism destination brand image elements. Our approach combines two methods. First, we analyse specific communicated images. Second, interviews with officials of these cities are undertaken to compare the communicated image to the desired one. We find that cities with a similar environment communicate elements of their natural settings as well as other brand elements, but the communicated image often does not correspond to the desired brand image. Therefore we propose a model to promote the desired destination brand image.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:77501
Publisher:Clute Institute

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