Destination Image Consistency and Dissonance: A Content Analysis of Goa's Destination Image in Brochures and Guidebooks

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Abstract:

Successful destination marketing requires consistency in the use of imagery. This article employs content analysis and semiotics to examine representations of Goa, both written and visual, as they are transmitted through holiday brochures and travel guidebooks. The findings suggest that the two media offer substantially different representations. while the former tend to represent Goa as a beach holiday destination, the latter tend to reflect past marketing efforts that have promoted Goa as constituent part of India. These representations tend to be dissonant with one another and arguably this weakens the image of Goa as a destination. The study recommends that destination marketers collaborate more widely and effectively in order to ensure consistency of their destination imagery.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/108354212X13388995267823

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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  • The aim of Tourism Analysis is to promote a forum for practitioners and academicians in the fields of Leisure, Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (LRTH). As a interdisciplinary journal, it is an appropriate outlet for articles, research notes, and computer software packages designed to be of interest, concern, and of applied value to its audience of professionals, scholars, and students of LRTH programs the world over.
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