Destination Image Differences between First-time and Repeat-visit Tourists: The Malaysian Case

Mahadzirah, Mohamad and Nur Izzati, Ab Ghani (2014) Destination Image Differences between First-time and Repeat-visit Tourists: The Malaysian Case. Journal of Applied Sciences, 14 (20). pp. 2476-2486. ISSN 1812-5654

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The main aim of this study is to identify the underlying factors that are not only common but different between fist-time and repeat tourists. This is to ensure that promotional strategies using an appropriate image are strategically formulated to entice the different groups of tourists visiting Malaysia. Data collection was conducted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) using survey questionnaires among departing tourists. A total of 261 European tourists were involved in this study, comprising 143 first-time and 118 repeat tourists. The exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were used to conduct data analysis. The findings of the study suggest that both first-time and repeat-visit tourists perceived Malaysia as a safe country with a stable political environment that offers natural attraction and beautiful beaches. In addition, the findings of the study suggested that first-time visiting tourists are price-sensitive compared to repeat tourists Moreover, the repeat-visit tourists perceived Malaysia as offering nightlife entertainment and an adventurous holiday with many places to visit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Destination image, first-time tourist, repeat tourist, measurement model, tourism Malaysia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Management
Depositing User: Rafidah Saaid
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 08:25
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 08:25

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