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Title: The influence of artistically recreated nature on the image of tourist destinations: Lanzarote's art, cultural and tourism visitor centres and their links to sustainable tourism marketing
Authors: Carballo, Rita R. 
León, Carmelo J. 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
Keywords: Tourist image formation
Art in tourism
Environment, et al
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Journal of Sustainable Tourism 
Abstract: Can distinctive natural assets in tourist destinations be artistically recreated and used to improve destination image and attract more visitors? This paper analyses the formation of the tourist image based on artistically recreated local nature icons, and shows how those images can enhance the overall destination image. It focuses on the island of Lanzarote, a destination with its development based on promoting an environmental image founded on the creation of a network of multifunctional, high-quality art, culture and tourism centres exhibiting artistic recreation of its unique environmental assets. The methodology utilizes a questionnaire (n = 453) structural equations modelling approach in which the overall image of the destination is directly dependent on the image of the environmental conditions and indirectly influenced by the image of the artistically recreated centres. Results show that the destination's image is significantly grounded on the image of the art, culture and tourism centres using art based on Lanzarote's natural assets. They suggest that destinations have relevant opportunities to artistically enhance natural assets to improve their tourist image and marketing, that quality multi-functional visitor centres can be important within a sustainable tourism policy, and part of the emerging breadth of approaches taken by sustainable tourism marketing.
ISSN: 0966-9582
DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1338292
Source: Journal of Sustainable Tourism[ISSN 0966-9582],v. 26, p. 192-204
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