Concentration camp memorials: how emotion clusters affect meaning and visit intention

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The emotional experience of a visit to a concentration camp memorial is high in intensity and wide in diversity. Clustering of this emotional experience has led to a better understanding of the valence of emotions. It is not known how these emotion clusters affect the meaning derived from the experience and how this affects visit intention. This study addressed this gap in research and explored the potential relations between emotion clusters and meaning in the context of an expected visit to a concentration camp memorial. This study finds that the emotion cluster Sympathy is the only cluster to have a significant and large positive direct effect on Meaning and a significant, but small, positive indirect effect on Visit Intention. The Misery cluster is the only cluster that has a significant but small negative direct effect on Visit Intention. The Positivity cluster has no effects on Meaning and Visit Intention. In the discussion, we address the role of empathy, and theoretical implications are framed in Terror Management Theory. Managerial implications include a discussion on the use of promotion to trigger empathy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-510
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • meaning
  • emotions
  • terror management theory
  • Holocaust
  • dark tourism
  • Terror Management Theory
  • Meaning


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