Domestic tourists and local food consumption: motivations, positive emotions and savouring processes

Erose Sthapit, Peter Björk, P. Senthil Kumaran

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This study examines the motivation for local food consumption amongst domestic tourists. It integrates the positive psychology concept of savouring by examining the positive emotions savoured by domestic tourists on the basis of broaden-and-build theory, including the savouring processes used when recalling their recent local food experiences. Data were collected only from Indian residents using a self-administered open-ended web-based questionnaire. Empirical findings revealed that out of the 178 respondents, more than half reported tasting local food as one of the main motivations for undertaking their particular trip. The two main motivations for tasting local food were to experience something new and experience the local culture. The most common positive emotion savoured by guests when remembering their local food experiences was joy, followed by love. Taste and socializing with friends and family members were identified as the dominant factors that intensified respondents’ savouring of their recent local food experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-337
Number of pages22
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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