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Gastro-Nostalgia: Towards A Higher-Order Measurement Scale Based on Two Gastro Festivals

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Scopus-Q2, ABDC-A

Source : Tourism Recreation Research

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Campus : Amaravati

School : School of Business

Year : 2021

Abstract : Recently nostalgia has received attention from academic researchers for increasing destination attractiveness and tourist footfalls. Despite increasing interests in food tourism, little research exists regarding gastro-nostalgia to motivate tourists for visiting gastro-festivals. The current study identifies six potential dimensions of gastro-nostalgia through extant literature review viz., cuisine, gastro-experience, gastro-festive ambiance, socialization, personal identity, and cultural identity. Furthermore, it developed a robust instrument for measuring gastro-nostalgia as a reflective-reflective second-order construct using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. The study collected perceptual responses from tourists and individuals having positive memories associated with two prime gastro-festivals in India: (a) Durga puja (221 responses) and (b) Onam (257 responses). The instrument is empirically validated through factorial validity, nomological validity, and measurement invariance. The study showed that gastro-nostalgia could positively influence tourists’ willingness to recommend intentions and revisit intentions. The study offers several implications for destination managers and event managers.

Cite this Research Publication : Mandal, S., Gunsekhar, S, Dixit, S, Das, P. (2021). Gastro-Nostalgia: Towards A Higher-Order Measurement Scale Based on Two Gastro Festivals. Tourism Recreation Research, Volume 47, 2022 - Issue 3: Gastronomic Tourism Experiences and Experiential Marketing, Pages 293-315, Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 02508281, 2021. DOI:

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