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Tourism dependence and resident attitudes

Authors
Journal
Annals of Tourism Research
0160-7383
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0160-7383(98)00040-1
Keywords
  • Développement Du Tourisme
  • Communautés Rurales
  • Impacts Sociaux
  • Perceptions Et Attitudes Des Habitants
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract Many rural communities view tourism as a major vehicle for addressing rural economic decline, but several empirical studies suggest that its growth can bring negative social impacts. One group of studies suggests a direct relationship between the level of tourism development in a community and the presence of negative resident attitudes toward it. This tourism dependence hypothesis is evaluated using survey data from four rural communities in the United States Rocky Mountain West. Results support the hypothesis with some important qualifications, and suggest a typology of rural communities experiencing tourism growth that includes tourism-saturated, tourism-realized, and tourism-hungry community types.

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