Impact of the Perceived Image of Celebrity Endorsers on Tourists' Intentions to Visit

Robert van der Veen, Haiyan Song

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The purpose of this study is to empirically assess the mediating effects of the impact of the perceived image of celebrity endorsers on tourists' intentions to visit, using celebrity-endorsed print advertisements for travel destinations. The results indicate that celebrity endorsers have a significant impact on people's attitudes and visit intentions, thus verifying the mediating effects of this variable. The study also provides clues to what extent celebrity-endorsed advertisements differ from nonendorsed advertisements and explores such differences in terms of destination match-up between native and nonnative celebrity-endorsed advertisements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • celebrity endorsement
  • destination marketing
  • print advertisements
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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