Parasocial Interaction, Destination Personality Fit and Consumers’ Behavioral Intentions: The Case of TV Shopping

Carol Yirong Lu*, Allan Cheng Chieh Lu

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This study examines whether a TV shopping host’s introduction and promotion on a tourism destination could develop viewers’ parasocial interaction (PSI) with that host and thus influence viewers’ behavioral intentions on that destination. In addition, moderating effects of two factors (self-destination personality fit and host-destination personality fit) on the relationship between the TV viewers’ parasocial experience with a TV host (PSI) and the viewers’ behavioral intentions on the advertised destination are tested. Data were collected from 310 TV shopping customers in Taiwan using a self-administrated questionnaire. Simple linear regression and hierarchical regression techniques were implemented to test the proposed hypotheses. Findings indicate that PSI between a TV host and TV viewers is strongly correlated with the significant positive behavioral intentions of viewers. In addition, self-destination and host destination personality fits were both reinforcements of the positive impact that PSI has on TV viewers’ behavioral intentions. Findings and data collected from this study would yield useful practical implications for tourism marketers in terms of wisely selecting a TV host and utilizing a TV host’s parasocial interaction with audiences to increase audiences’ behavioral intention on the promoted destination.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9476
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug


  • TV shopping
  • behavioral intention
  • destination marketing
  • destination personality fit
  • parasocial interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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