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Customer-based destination brand equity modelling : The role of destination resources, value-for money and value-in-use

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Subtitle: The role of destination resources, value-for money and value-in-use

Author list: LEXHAGEN M, FUCHS M, CHEKALINA T, FUCHS M, CHEKALINA T, LEXHAGEN M

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication year: 2018

Start page: 31

End page: 51

Number of pages: 21

ISSN: 0047-2875

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047287516680774

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Abstract

This study contributes to the development of knowledge on transferring the concept of customer-based brand equity to a tourism destination context. Keller’s (2009) brand equity pyramid is utilized as the comparison framework to reveal similarities but also overlaps, differences and gaps on both the conceptual and measurement level of existing brand equity models for destinations. Particularly, the inner core of the model depicts the complex mechanisms of how destination resources transform into benefits for tourists overlooked by prior research. This study proposes a customer-based brand equity model for destinations, which consists of five dependent constructs, including awareness, loyalty, and three destination brand promise constructs constituting the inner core of the model, namely, destination resources, value-in-use and value-for-money. The model was repeatedly tested for the leading Swedish mountain destination Åre, by using a linear structural equation modelling approach. Findings confirm the path structure of the proposed model.


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