The effects of Korean pop culture on Hong Kong residents' perceptions of Korea as a potential tourist destination

Seong Seop Kim, Jerome Agrusa, Kaye Kye Sung Chon, Youngshin Cho

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The goal of this study is to assess the influences that Korean pop culture has on Hong Kong residents' perceptions of Korea as a potential tourist destination. Among the 500 distributed questionnaires, 456 were collected. Finally, 440 usable surveys were used for data analysis after eliminating 16 questionnaires with multiple missing answers that were deemed unusable. Data analyses produced many meaningful results. For example, respondents who were less educated and tended to spend more on Korean cultural products had a higher intention to visit Korea after they tasted Korean food. Expenditures on Korean cultural products were a significant contributor to Hong Kong residents' intention to visit Korea after experiencing the three types of Korean pop culture used in this study. Results of this study confirm those of previous studies, which found that the media had a significant influence on a person's choice of tourist destination.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-183
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Hallyu
  • Pop culture
  • Tourism destination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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