The influence of destination image and tourist satisfaction on tourist loyalty: a case study of Chinese tourists in Korea

Weisheng Chiu, Shiheng Zeng, Shao-Tung Cheng

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore both the cognitive and affective images and examine the effects of destination image through both aspects on satisfaction levels and tourist loyalty. Design/methodology/approach: Data collection was conducted using the convenience sampling method. The on-site survey was carried out with Chinese tourists at the popular tourist sites in Seoul City. Findings: The results showed that the cognitive image had a direct influence on the affective image and confirmed the formation process of the destination image. Both cognitive and affective images had positive influences on satisfaction, and in turn, satisfaction predicted tourist loyalty. Moreover, the relationship between destination image and loyalty revealed that the affective image had a direct influence on tourist loyalty. Although the cognitive image showed no direct linkage to tourist loyalty, the authors found that it had an indirect influence on tourist loyalty through affective image and satisfaction. Originality/value: The findings of this study provide a better understanding of the process that determines Chinese tourists’ destination choices and loyalty. Moreover, it provides insightful implications for the Korean Government, the Korea Tourism Organization and tourism operators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-234
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1



  • Chinese tourist
  • Destination image
  • Satisfaction
  • Tourist loyalty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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