Purpose-This research developed and tested an integrated structural gastro-tourism well-being model consisting of food-related lifestyle and leisure attitude as precursor of the consumption enjoyment of the gastro-tourism experience with satisfaction, life domain outcomes, tourism autobiographical memory and life satisfaction as outcomes of the consumption enjoyment. Design/methodology/approach – The conceptual model was assessed with quantitative data collected from tourists based on their deliberate and incidental gastro-tourism experiences (N=617). Findings – Findings indicated that enjoyment of gastro-tourism consumption experience significantly influences satisfaction, life domain outcomes, life satisfaction, and tourism autobiographical memory. Life domain outcomes and tourism autobiographical memory have enduring influence on life satisfaction over time. Food-related lifestyle and leisure attitude are salient determinants of gastro-tourism well-being with their significant influence on consumption experience. Satisfaction with consumption experiences contributes to life satisfaction regardless of the experience type (deliberate versus incidental). Research limitations/implications – This research extends our knowledge of tourism consumption experience in the domain of gastro-tourism as well as quality of life or well-being. Originality/value – This research has offered an integrated framework to measure the interplays of salient and enduring determinants of gastro-tourism well-being. Future studies will benefit from this research as a baseline model linking consumption experience and life satisfaction.

Publication Date

Summer 6-14-2022


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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Hospitality and Tourism Management (SCB)


RIT – Main Campus