The power of gossip: contextual talk in tourism communication

Suh hee Choi, Jarim Kim, Jeong Nam Kim

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This study investigates the role of individuals’ accidental, contextual talking–rather than planned, goal-oriented conversation–about tourism to illuminate its influences on touristic motivation and communicative behaviors. Contextual talking in daily life can trigger internalized and situational motivation toward information behaviors regarding tourist concern. Two comparative studies were conducted to provide a causal account of touristic information behavior in the U.S. and China. The studies’ results suggest the role of contextual talking in triggering situational motivation, which explains the substantial variance of communicative actions regarding tourist destinations. Moreover, an alternative model was specified and tested; this model proposes that tourist concern still functions as a significant predictor of active communication. This study discusses the implications of the role of contextual talk and its domino effect.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Science Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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