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In etymology, prestige is derived from the Latin expression of praestigiae . In the Middle Ages, this word was used with a pejorative sense to refer to delusion, trick, deception, or magic. Yet prestige appears related to honorific positions that are deferred to individuals that possess an exquisite position in the society, such as wisdom. Later, Veblen ( 1899 ) considered prestige as a synonym of social standing or honor some groups may possess; then these were a minority in the society. Nevertheless, prestige drives all human needs, even the most primary ones.

Tourism is in essence a social behavior mostly driven by prestige motivations. For many tourists, this is the process by which they can enhance their social standing. Defined as status, this social standing could be achieved by behaving in conformity, “bandwagon effect,” with others or by differentiating, “snob effect,” their experiences (Leibenstein 1950 ). As such, prestige motivations depend more on the manner of traveling than...

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