EXAMINING THE IMAGE OF A TOURISM DESTINATION: EVIDENCE FROM CRETE

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Panagiotis Kassianidis

Keywords

tourism destination, overall destination image, image attraction, Crete

Abstract

The empirical work reported here was aimed at investigating Crete’s fundamental attraction elements; six factors related to Crete’s image were identified and examined in terms of their significance in predicting and explaining its overall image. While analysing the factors, ‘seaside activities’ was determined to be the most significant factor in identifying Crete’s overall destination image. Through relevant factor analysis and subsequent multiple regression analysis, it was established that highly rated destination image dimensions may be among the most important ones influencing the destination’s overall tourism image. Management implications are discussed and recommended.

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