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Title: Urban residents' attitudes toward tourism development: The case of Crete
Authors: Vaughan, David Roger
Andriotis, Konstantinos
Keywords: Urban residents’ perceptions and attitudes;Single and multiple factors;Social exchange theory;Social representations;Crete
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: SAGE
Source: Journal of Travel Research, 2003, Volume 42, Issue 2, Pages 172-185
Abstract: This article focuses on the identification and explanation of the attitudes of a sample of urban residents toward tourism development on Crete and their grouping with respect to these attitudes. Urban residents of Crete are quite strong in their support for tourism. However, the residents are not homogenous in their perceptions of tourism development. Education and employment in tourism were found to be the major single factors affecting the attitudes of residents of the island. A segmentation procedure based on attitude statements produced three clusters: the Advocates (identified by their high appreciation of tourism benefits), the Socially and Environmentally Concerned (characterized by a consensus toward the environmental and social costs from tourism expansion), and the Economic Skeptics (who showed lower appreciation of tourism's economic benefits). The findings of the study are discussed with reference to the social exchange and the social representations theories and the conclusions of the study are provided.
ISSN: 00472875
DOI: 10.1177/0047287503257488
Rights: © 2003 Sage Publications. All rights reserved.
Type: Article
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