Diaspora tourists' emotional experience

Felix Elvis Otoo, Seongseop Sam Kim, Dimitrios Stylidis

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This article attempts to empirically test a model to explain the hypothesized relationships between important constructs such as emotional experience, personal involvement, destination image, destination satisfaction, and place attachment as antecedents of the future intentions of mature/senior diaspora tourists. The hypothesized relationships were explored using a sample of 419 mature/senior diaspora tourists visiting Ghana. A three-step process was used to explore, confirm and test the interrelationships between the constructs. The results showed that emotional experiences related to joy and love influenced personal involvement. While other hypothesized relationships were supported, unpleasantness and positive surprise did not have a direct effect on personal involvement. Future studies can apply this model to understand other types of tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1058
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • diaspora tourism
  • emotional experience
  • involvement
  • place attachment
  • slavery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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