Understanding Tourism Development: A Representational Approach
AbstractThe article investigates hotel employees and postgraduate students’ representations of “tourism development”, using social representations theory. Data from a sample of eighty participants were collected on Chios Island, Greece. To reveal social representations a word association procedure was applied followed by a correspondence analysis. The analysis attempts to map the meanings associated with “tourism development” and to pinpoint the links between those meanings. Results highlight differences and similarities in the representation of “tourism development” according to individuals’ social membership, offering an interesting insight for employers and educators.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 25318.
Date of creation: 06 Sep 2009
Date of revision: 15 Dec 2009
Publication status: Published in TOURISMOS: An International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism 2.5(2010): pp. 115-127
tourism development; social representations; word associations; hotel employees; tourism education;
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