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Food Enthusiasts and Tourism: Exploring Food Involvement Dimensions
Univ Queensland, Australia.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Univ Calgary, Canada.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, ISSN 1096-3480, E-ISSN 1557-7554, Vol. 40, no 4, 432-455 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Involvement is a much theorized construct in the consumer behavior literature, yet extant food involvement scales have not been developed for leisure- or tourism-based contexts. Adopting a phenomenological approach, this article reports a study with two primary aims: to develop a customized food involvement scale and to administer the instrument to a sample of self-declared food enthusiasts with analysis focusing on identifying the underlying constructs of food involvement. An exploratory factor analysis finds four dimensions of food involvement: Food-Related Identity, Food Quality, Social Bonding, and Food Consciousness. The four dimensions are validated by discriminant analysis between the food enthusiast sample and a general population sample and logistic regression reveals that identity is the most powerful predictor of being a food enthusiast. We demonstrate the utility of the four factors by operationalizing them as variables in tests of difference vis-a-vis demographic variables and conclude the study by summarizing the theoretical and tourism destination implications. This research addresses a need for theory-driven knowledge to inform the burgeoning special interest tourism of food tourism.

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2016. Vol. 40, no 4, 432-455 p.
Keyword [en]
food, travel, tourism, involvement, dimensions, identity
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Economics and Business
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53329DOI: 10.1177/1096348013503994ISI: 000376290300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53329DiVA: diva2:935433
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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