Shopping destinations and trust - Tourist attitudes: Scale development and validation

Miju Choi, Chun Hung Roberts Law, Cindy Yoonjoung Heo

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Shopping is one of the oldest tourist activities and commonly accounts for the majority of travel budgets. However, tourists have expressed concerns regarding the risks they face in shopping destinations. Scholars have suggested that trust is a mechanism for reducing the complexity of human behavior in a situation that involves uncertainty. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate the trust of tourists toward shopping destinations. Specifically, the study attempts to develop and validate the measurement properties of a scale, which measures shopping destination trust. The target sample comprised shopping tourists. Via convenience sampling, 708 usable samples were collected in Hong Kong. Subsequently, purification of the measurement scale, assessment of the latent structure, and scale validation were conducted. Results reveal that shopping destination trust consists of nine dimensions. The present research is expected to shed light on potential research topics in the field of shopping tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-501
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Destination marketing
  • Regulatory focus theory
  • Shopping tourism
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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