Destination Aesthetics and Aesthetic Distance in Tourism Experience

Ksenia Kirillova

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42 Citations (Scopus)


Given the paucity of scholarly attention to the aesthetic component of tourism experience, this research attempted to empirically explore the roles of destination aesthetic qualities and “aesthetic distance”, that is, the perceived difference between the aesthetic properties of a destination and those of a tourist’s home environment, in the tourist’s aesthetic judgment and vacation satisfaction. The results validated a six-factor structure of aesthetic qualities, namely locale characteristics, scope, upkeep, accord, perceived age, and shape. This research noted that when tourists evaluate their home environment more positively in terms of upkeep and scope than vacation environment, they tend to perceive a destination as less beautiful. Only aesthetic distance in scope of experiential features influences vacation satisfaction. Relevant practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1068
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • aesthetic judgment
  • experience-based products
  • satisfaction
  • Tourism aesthetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing


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