Brand(ing) Kinmen: a tourism perspective
by J.J. Zhang
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2010

Abstract: The recent proliferation of academic works on 'place branding' has led to a burgeoning interest in 'island branding'. This paper posits that islands are geographical features that possess unique characteristics and experience distinctive circumstances and, thus, deserve to be analysed on their own terms. In particular, it explores the intricacies in the branding of Kinmen Island, Taiwan, as a battlefield tourism destination. This case study confronts the typical island lure – of sun, sand and sea – and creates an opportunity for some distinct positioning in the global tourism market. The discussion shows the importance for tourism planners to recognise the unique character of the island to localise development projects in terms of its geographical particularity and landscape identity. Furthermore, it is argued that the branding of Kinmen is not merely a top-down process; the Kinmen brand is a result of both top-down 'imagineering' efforts by the state and the bottom-up branding practices of local entrepreneurs, Kinmen's people and tourists. It is believed that tourists' identification of an island has to be substantiated by locals' self-recognition with the island's identity to sustain any branding effort.

Online publication date: Fri, 02-Apr-2010

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email