Does Brand Concept Mapping Determine Destination Brand Associations and Image?

Sertaç Çifci, Arnold Japutra, Yuksel Ekinci, Sianne Gordon-Wilson

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Brand concept maps (BCM) is a mind-mapping method researchers use to explore brand association and brand image, but applications of BCM are rare in tourism research. The aim of the study is to assess usefulness of BCM for developing destination brand association networks and destination brand image in a domestic (Bolu in Turkey) and an international (Bali in Indonesia) tourism destination. Destination brand associations are generated through interviewing 40 participants, and two destination BCM are developed through aggregating individual BCM from 250 respondents. The findings of the study suggest that BCM are effective for determining the most salient destination brand features and destination brand association networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-528
Number of pages14
JournalTourism Analysis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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