Title

The role of expats, local residents and tourists in defining a destination: A branding case study for Abu Dhabi tourism

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Nataša Slak Valek, Zayed University

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Source of Publication

International Journal of Sustainable Society

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Abstract

© 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. This study seeks to contribute to understanding of destination branding literature by exploring the differences in destination brand perceptions for groups of people who on one hand, have a role in its creation and on the other, use the destination brand as a tool in attracting new visitors. Specifically, it looks at awareness of Abu Dhabi destination brand among three segments: Emirate's local residents, expat residents and international tourists in the process of visiting Abu Dhabi. The study was conducted using a quantitative survey method for data collection. The results for the three groups were compared using Pearson Chi-square tests, and differences among the three segments were compared and statistically tested. Significant differences between locals, expats and tourists were confirmed for both brand and slogan recognition. Previous studies have confirmed that locals represent a destination brand, but in a sustainable society expatriates should also be considered.

ISSN

1756-2538

Publisher

Inderscience Publishers

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

76

Last Page

93

Disciplines

Business

Keywords

Destination branding, Emirati, Expatriates, Recall, Recognition, Sustainability, Tourism, United Arab Emirates

Scopus ID

85027490550

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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