Celebrity Attachment and Behavioral Intentions: The Mediating Role of Place Attachment

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  • Jehn-Yih Wong,

    1. Department of Business Administration, Ming Chuan University, Taipei, Taiwan
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  • Tzu-Ching Lai

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    1. Department of Business Administration, Ming Chuan University, Taipei, Taiwan
    • Correspondence to: Tzu-Ching Lai, PhD Candidate, Department of Business Administration, Ming Chuan University, No. 250, Zhong Shan North Road, Sec. 5, Taipei 111, Taiwan.

      E-mail: jywong@mcu.edu.tw

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Abstract

Film-induced tourism has recently gained increased attention in academic research. Although previous literature has identified the existence of consumer–celebrity attachment, scant empirical studies have examined whether celebrity attachment influences behavioral intentions in a film tourism context. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between celebrity attachment and behavioral intentions as well as to clarify the role of place attachment. Survey data from 312 tourists in Taiwan indicate that celebrity attachment is positively related to behavioral intentions. Moreover, place attachment partially mediates the relationship between celebrity attachment and behavioral intentions. Implications of these findings for managing marketing strategies as well as future research directions are subsequently discussed. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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