Do Blue Flag promotions influence tourists’ willingness to pay a price premium for coastal destinations?

Can,A., Ekinci, Y. and Dilek Fidler, S. 2023. Do Blue Flag promotions influence tourists’ willingness to pay a price premium for coastal destinations? Tourism Management . 98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2023.104767

TitleDo Blue Flag promotions influence tourists’ willingness to pay a price premium for coastal destinations?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCan,A., Ekinci, Y. and Dilek Fidler, S.
Abstract

The Blue Flag is a popular eco-label in tourism. This study aims at examining the effectiveness of Blue Flag promotion on tourists' willingness to pay a price premium to coastal destinations via two online experiments. Study 1 shows (n = 152) that the Blue Flag stimulates higher willingness to pay a price premium for coastal destinations directly as well as indirectly through self-congruity and destination brand identification. Study 2 (n = 160) used a new sample to enhance external validity and generalizability of the Study 1 findings. Study 2 shows that destination brand quality and destination brand identification serially mediate the effect of Blue Flag promotions on the tourist's willingness to pay a price premium. The findings suggest that destination managers should deploy the Blue Flag Logo in destination promotions to enhance self-congruence, destination brand identification, perceived destination quality, and the tourist's willingness to pay a price premium.

JournalTourism Management
Journal citation98
ISSN0261-5177
1879-3193
Year2023
PublisherElsevier
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2023.104767
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2023

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