Factors Influencing the Image of an Urban Tourist Destination By Gay Tourists: The Case-Study of Tel-Aviv
As other cities in the world, Tel Aviv also has invested resources in order to promote the gay tourism in the city, especially regarding Tel Aviv's gay parade. Yet, there are no precise figures on the number of gay tourists in Tel Aviv, their perceptions, satisfaction from the visit and the perceived image of the city.
This aim of this study was to fill the gap by examining the city's image in the eyes of the gay tourist. The study was conducted among tourists visiting Tel Aviv, at least once. Research area was the touristic center of Tel Aviv, Gay Space and was attended by 152 homosexual tourists. The tourists responded to a questionnaire containing open-ended and closed-ended questions. The research included also in-depth interviews with tourism promoters engaged in the gay tourism of Tel Aviv.
Findings show that image was improved significantly after the visit. Tel Aviv emerges as a preferred tourism destination for gay tourists, with a strong positive image of the city, despite being located in an area of unrest.