Does travel desire influence COVID-19 vaccination intentions?

Yuksel Ekinci*, Dogan Gursoy, Ali Selcuk Can, Nigel Leroy Williams

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Since the economic recovery heavily depends on the population attaining herd immunity against the virus through the vaccination programme, understanding the factors that improve people's intentions to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is critically important for the hospitality and tourism industry. This research investigates whether travel desire can moderate the relationship between attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 vaccination intentions. The proposed model was tested utilizing two sets of data collected from a total of 1,341 adults. The results of the study show that subjective norms and perceived risk are strong predictors of attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines. The effects of subjective norms and perceived vaccination risk on COVID-19 vaccination intentions are partially mediated by attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines. The findings show that the higher the travel desire individuals have, the stronger the effects of their attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines on COVID-19 vaccination intentions are.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Hospitality Marketing and Management
    Early online date8 Jan 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusEarly online - 8 Jan 2022

    Keywords

    • attitude towards COVID-19 vaccines
    • vaccination intentions
    • perceived risk
    • travel desire

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