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S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh, Siamak Seyfi, C. Michael Hall, Pezhman Hatamifar, Understanding memorable tourism experiences and behavioural intentions of heritage tourists, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, Volume 21, 2021, 100621, ISSN 2212-571X,

Understanding memorable tourism experiences and behavioural intentions of heritage tourists

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Author: Rasoolimanesh, S. Mostafa1; Seyfi, Siamak2; Hall, C. Michael2,3,4,5;
Organizations: 1Centre for Research and Innovation in Tourism (CRiT), Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
2Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
3Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
4School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
5School of Tourism & Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-26


This study aims to investigate the interplay of visitor engagement, authenticity, and destination image in driving revisit and electronic word of mouth (eWOM) intentions of heritage tourists through the mediating role of Memorable Tourism Experiences (MTE). The data for this research were collected from tourists in the UNESCO-listed heritage city of Kashan, Iran. Using a convergent parallel mixed methods approach, the study’s findings highlighted the importance of MTE as a mediator of these interrelationships. The results also identified the positive direct and indirect effects of visitor engagement on revisit and eWOM intentions. The indirect effects of authenticity on revisit and eWOM intentions through MTE were also significant. The findings also showed the positive direct and indirect effects of destination image on eWOM intention, with the indirect effect on revisit intention being significant. The practical implications of the study and potential future directions for research are also discussed in the conclusion section.

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Series: Journal of destination marketing & management
ISSN: 2212-571X
ISSN-E: 2212-5752
ISSN-L: 2212-571X
Volume: 21
Article number: 100621
DOI: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2021.100621
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (