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Community Scale and Resident Attitudes towards Tourism


  • Devine, Jon
  • Gabe, Todd M.
  • Bell, Kathleen P.


Given that the costs and benefits of tourism are not uniformly distributed across space, knowledge of how residents perceive tourism both within their own community and from a broader regional perspective is needed to inform tourism-based economic development plans. This study explores the role of physical distance from tourism on resident attitudes, where support for the development of tourism within a person’s town of residence is compared to support for tourism development at the county level. Differences were found across these “community scales†with residents indicating less support for tourism at the, more intimate, town level. To explore this variation, ordered logit regression models identified factors in-fluencing attitudes at the town and county levels.

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  • Devine, Jon & Gabe, Todd M. & Bell, Kathleen P., 2009. "Community Scale and Resident Attitudes towards Tourism," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 39(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jrapmc:132421

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    1. Gartner, William C., 2005. "A Perspective on Rural Tourism Development," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 35(1).
    2. Steven C. Deller & Tsung-Hsiu (Sue) Tsai & David W. Marcouiller & Donald B.K. English, 2001. "The Role of Amenities and Quality of Life In Rural Economic Growth," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 83(2), pages 352-365.
    3. Paul M. Jakus & Paul B. Siegel, 1997. "The Effect of Individual and Community Attributes On Residents' Attitudes Toward Tourism-Based Development," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 27(1), pages 49-64, Summer.
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