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Literary destination familiarity and inbound tourism: evidence from mainland China

Ju, Guodong, Liu, Jiankun, He, Guangye, Zhang, Xinyi and Yan, Fei (2021) Literary destination familiarity and inbound tourism: evidence from mainland China. Journal of Social Computing, 2 (2). 193 - 206. ISSN 2688-5255

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Identification Number: 10.23919/JSC.2021.0013


Destination familiarity is an important non-economic determinant of tourists’ destination choice that has not been adequately studied. This study posits a literary dimension to the concept of destination familiarity —that is, the extent to which tourists have gained familiarity with a given destination through literature—and seeks to investigate the impact of this form of familiarity on inbound tourism to Mainland China. Employing the English fiction dataset of the Google Books corpus, the New York Times annotated corpus, and the Time magazine corpus, we construct two types of destination familiarity based on literary texts: affection-based destination familiarity and knowledge-based destination familiarity. The results from dynamic panel estimation (1994–2004) demonstrate that the higher the degree of affection-based destination familiarity with a province in the previous year, the larger the number of inbound tourists the following year. Examining the influence of literature and its consumption on tourism activities sheds light on the dynamics of sustainable tourism development in emerging markets.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 15:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:44

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