The effects of perceived authenticity, information search behaviour, motivation and destination imagery on cultural behavioural intentions of tourists

Haywantee Ramkissoon, Muzaffer S Uysal

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This study tested a structural model which investigates the effects of perceived authenticity, motivation, information search behaviour and destination imagery on tourists? behavioural intentions to consume cultural attractions. Data were collected at selected cultural and natural heritage sites in the island of Mauritius (N ? 600). The sample was split into two data sets. Structural equation modelling and hierarchical multiple regression were employed to test the hypothesised relationships. Findings revealed a significant positive relationship between perceived authenticity and cultural behavioural intentions of tourists. Destination imagery had an influence on tourists? cultural intentions. Information search behaviour was found to exert a negative influence on tourists? cultural intentions while motivation did not have any influence on the latter. Perceived authenticity was seen to exert a moderating effect on the respective relationships between motivation, information search behaviour, destination imagery and cultural behavioural intentions of tourists. The theoretical and managerial implications of the study are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537 - 562
Number of pages26
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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