1st Edition

Visual Media and Tourism

Edited By Seongseop (Sam) Kim, Steve Pan Copyright 2021
    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    158 Pages
    by Routledge

    Tourism is all about visuals. Visuals stimulate our imagination, create fantasy, and drive the audiences to take actions to realize these dreams through perceived reality. With media content presented through channels of television drama, reality shows, TV commercials, and movies, this book presents findings that help us better understand the relationships between nostalgia and film tourism; how reality TV shows affect tourist experience and authenticity; and how visuals stimulate audiences’ taste and olfactory senses and their relationship with gastronomical tourism. The book presents findings that explain the psychological mechanism of how modality and navigability influence tourists’ behavioral intention.

    With its balanced research methodology (qualitative, quantitative, and the combination of both) and important topics covered in media tourism, Visual Media and Tourism serves as a pertinent reference book for subjects related to special interest tourism, such as film tourism, in undergraduate programs, or modules related to research methods in both undergraduate and graduate programs. It helps readers become better informed on how visuals stimulate travel motivations, condition tourist behaviors, and affect travel experiences.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing.

    Seongseop (Sam) Kim and Steve Pan

    Part I - Visuals and Travel Stimulation

    1. How are food value video clips effective in promoting food tourism? Generation Y versus non–Generation Y

    Seongseop (Sam) Kim, Ja Young Choe and Suna Lee

    2. Flying with Nicole Kidman or Jennifer Aniston? Brand funnel stages’ influence on brand personality

    Filareti Kotsi and Natasa Slak Valek

    3. Investigation of the technology effects of online travel media on virtual travel experience and behavioral intention

    Youngjoon Choi, Benjamin Hickerson and Jinsoo Lee

    Part II - Visuals and Film Tourism

    4. Perceived values of TV drama, audience involvement, and behavioral intention in film tourism

    Seongseop (Sam) Kim and Sangkyun Kim

    5. Segmentation of potential film tourists by film nostalgia and preferred film tourism program

    Seongseop (Sam) Kim and Sangkyun (Sean) Kim

    6. Immersion in film tourist experiences

    Yannik St-James, Jessica Darveau and Josyane Fortin

    Part III - Visuals and TV Travel Programs

    7. The role of visual media in religious tourists’ destination image, choice, and on-site experience: the case of Tinos, Greece

    Matina Terzidou, Dimitrios Stylidis and Konstantinos Terzidis

    8. Reality television portrayals of Kavos, Greece: tourists behaving badly

    Nicola Williams-Burnett, Heather Skinner and Julia Fallon

    9. (Re)negotiating authenticity through virtual travel: a case study of Law of the Jungle, a Korean reality travel program

    Sohye Kim, Sanghun Park, Carla A. Santos and Kimberly J. Shinew


    Seongseop (Sam) Kim is Professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a prolific author in the tourism and hospitality field. He is on the editorial board of multiple international journals.

    Steve Pan is Visiting Professor, Shandong University, Weihai. His last post was Associate Professor at Singapore Institute of Technology. He served as International News Translator and Deputy Director for nearly 11 years in the News Department, China Television Company, Taiwan.