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Preliminary communication

Destination image and key drivers of perceived destination attractiveness

Darko Prebežac orcid id ; Ekonomski fakultet-Zagreb
Josip Mikulić orcid id ; Ekonomski fakultet-Zagreb

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In this exploratory study authors combine several approaches to explore the images of two highly attractive tourist destinations: Hawai’i and Croatia. Two convenience samples were used: the image of Hawai’i was measured among Croatian undergraduate business students, and the image of Croatia was measured among Hawaiian tourism students. Functional and psychological image components were assessed at both a holistic and the attribute level. In addition, an importance-perception analysis was performed to assess the degree to which the destination image at the attribute level coincides with the students’ perception of an optimal destination. Finally, the authors conduct an importance grid analysis to explore the key drivers of the overall perceived destination attractiveness. The results provide a detailed insight into the images of Croatia and Hawaii, and reveal several interesting differences between the two student samples.


destination image, perceived destination attractiveness, importance-perception analysis, importance grid

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