International tourists’ local African food consumption

Frank Badu-Baiden, Seongseop (Sam) Kim, Felix Elvis Otoo, Brian King

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Purpose: This study aims to examine international tourists’ local African food consumption experiences by using an attribute–benefit–value–intention (ABVI) framework. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 336 respondents were collected in Ghana, Africa. A series of quantitative research methods were used in the data analysis to explicate the relationships. Findings: By assessing critical structural relationships, 8 out of 14 hypothetical relationships were found to be empirically supported. They include the paths between food novelty, restaurant quality and food quality as antecedents of epistemic value, the path between restaurant quality and food quality and the path between restaurant quality and consumption value. Originality/value: This study establishes the psychological mechanism behind tourists’ local food consumption experiences and further extends the utility of the consumption value theory and ABVI framework into the local food experience context. It confirms that tourists’ local food consumption experiences involve a sequential psychological process involving local food attribute evaluation, benefits sought, consumption values and future intention. This study offers a thorough explanation of variables that are crucial to promoting indigenous ethnic food consumption experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1333-1348
Number of pages16
JournalTourism Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022


  • Africa
  • Attribute
  • Benefit
  • Consumption value
  • Cuisine
  • Experience
  • Intention
  • Local food

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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