Impact of tourists’ psychological ownership of an eco-friendly trail on their behavior intention: an empirical investigation of Jeju Olle Trail in South Korea

Jihee Kim, Hyejo Hailey Shin, Miyoung Jeong, Won Seok Lee

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By adopting psychological ownership theory, this study examines the factors influencing trail visitors’ psychological ownership and behavioral intentions. A field survey was conducted with Korean tourists of Jeju Olle Trail, to test determining factors for psychological ownership and the role of commitment in the relationship between psychological ownership and intention to recommend. The results show that tourists’ participation and their sense of belonging were key predictors for psychological ownership. In addition, tourists’ psychological ownership had a positive influence on their commitment and intention to recommend. This study also discusses theoretical and practical implications along with suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1110
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • behavioral intention
  • commitment
  • eco-friendly trails
  • Psychological ownership
  • sense of belonging
  • tourist participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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