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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lim, Yu Mi
Author's Email Address yumi@vt.edu
URN etd-05112009-112030
Title Customer-based brand equity: The Effect of Destination Image on Preference for Products Associated with a Destination Brand
Degree Master of Science
Department Hospitality and Tourism Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Weaver, Pamela A. Committee Chair
McCleary, Ken W. Committee Member
McGehee, Nancy G. Committee Member
Keywords
  • destination
  • branding
  • brand extension
  • destination image
  • customer-based brand equity
Date of Defense 2009-04-28
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Due to highly competitive destination markets, destination branding techniques are becoming popular among destination marketers. The destination marketers tend to leverage their destination brand value to other products associated with the destination brand (referred to as brand extension).

This thesis investigated how customer-based brand equity for a tourist destination can be transferred to products associated with a destination brand. Specifically, the effect of destination image on preference for products associated with a destination brand was investigated. The relationship between destination image, consisting of a cognitive component and an affective component, and preference for products associated with the destination brand was examined. Also, the relationship between tourists' destination preference and preference for products associated with a destination brand was investigated.

Both cognitive image and affective image of destination are positively related with preference for products associated with a destination brand. It is revealed that preference for destination is also positively related to preference for products associated with a destination.

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