Food and cuisine image in destination branding: Toward a conceptual model

M.Y. Lai, C. Khoo, Y. Wang

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This study addresses the conceptualization of food image and examines the role food and cuisine play in the formation of destination brand image. By tracing the destination branding literature with a specific focus on image and three components that influence food image formation, the authors map the current state of food image research in tourism. They then provide a dual-perspective review of food image—one that is projected and/or perceived by destination marketers and their food producers and suppliers, and the other a mental representation as perceived by tourists. The evaluation aligns the various dimensions, underlying variables, and indicators of food destination attractiveness as reflected in host–tourist perspectives. The paper offers a comprehensive conceptual framework of food tourism branding and suggests a pathway for future empirical research on destination image and branding. © The Author(s) 2017.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-251
Number of pages14
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • brand image formation
  • destination branding
  • Food image
  • food tourism
  • perceived and projected food image


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