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Title: Promotional impact of image formation of an Aboriginal tourist destination
Author: Pyke, Joanne Lynn
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 2812
Awarding Body: Bournemouth University
Current Institution: Bournemouth University
Date of Award: 2013
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The purpose of this research is to present a thorough analysis of image formation among first-time visitors to an Aboriginal (Mi’kmaw) cultural site. The thesis is an initial attempt to examine theories in consumer behaviour and reformulate a model in the destination image literature to empirically test the influence of personal (motivation, cognition-affect) and stimulus (promotional) factors on impression of an Aboriginal tourist destination. To gather primary data, visitors to The Glooscap Heritage Centre, in the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada completed a self-administered questionnaire. In total there were 309 valid samples. Over 80% of respondents in this study were interested in exploring cultural heritage, learning about cultures and ways of life (motives) and visiting cultural attractions (cognitive). Affectively, respondents felt the destination would be a pleasant (4.37/5), relaxing (4.10/5) and exciting (4.07/5) place to visit. Survey results imply most tourists were exposed to the tour guide’s message (82%), followed by the tour operator (53%), then the brochure (29%), and finally the travel agent’s information (19%). However, exposure did not correlate with effectiveness in image formation. The brochure impacted image the most (4.33/5), next was the tour operator (4.12/5), followed by the tour guide (4.08/5) and lastly the travel agent (3.9/5). Survey results imply the destination can more effectively use its key communication tools to enhance its image. Current study findings provide important implications and can aid in the design of marketing campaigns to create and improve Aboriginal destination image. One significant undertaking in this study was to draw upon the actions of other key regions and situate thesis results in the wider context of Aboriginal tourism growth. The role of this research in relation to destination development is considered broadening the implications to a global setting beyond the immediate context of the study.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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