Abstract

This study investigated residents' perceptions of tourism's impact on communities. Data were collected via a statewide survey, using social exchange theory; results suggest residents recognize many positive and negative consequences. Those who feel tourism is important for economic development, benefit from it, and are knowledgeable about the greater positive impacts, but do not differ from others with respect to perceptions of tourism's negative consequences. It is becoming clear that broad-based education and awareness campaigns may be a step toward increased understanding of the industry and, ultimately, greater support of the benefits to a community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1076
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Communities
  • Impacts
  • Perceptions
  • Residents
  • Social exchange theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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