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Expanding self, breaking stereotypes, and building hospitality: resident mindfulness’ role in host-tourist interaction

Antwi, Collins Opoku, Darko, Adjei Peter, Zhang, Jianzhen, Asante, Eric Adom, Brobbey, Patrick and Ren, Jun (2024) Expanding self, breaking stereotypes, and building hospitality: resident mindfulness’ role in host-tourist interaction. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. ISSN 0966-9582

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09669582.2024.2357373

Abstract

Mindfulness is a critical instrument in sustainable tourism development. However, existing literature on mindfulness’ role in hospitality and tourism sustainability has mostly focused on tourists’ perspective. In this study, we shift perspective to gain insight into how and when residents’ mindfulness relates to their attitudes and behaviors in host-tourist relation. Integrating mindfulness and motivated information processing theories, we develop and test a theoretical model examining the effect of mindfulness on resident hospitality and tourist negative stereotypes via resident self-transcendence (i.e., residents’ attunement with tourists). Residents’ ability to take tourists’ perspective is proposed to enhance the effect of mindfulness on their sense of attunement with tourists, further augmenting the positive and negative indirect effect of mindfulness on resident hospitality and tourist negative stereotypes, respectively. In a 2-week interval time-lagged study with 429 US residents, we found robust evidence supporting our model. Implications of our findings for host-tourist relationship management are thoroughly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rsus20
Additional Information: © 2024 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2024 08:51
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 00:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/123806

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