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Impacts of festivals and events on residents’ well-being


  • Yolal, Medet
  • Gursoy, Dogan
  • Uysal, Muzaffer
  • Kim, Hyelin (Lina)
  • Karacaoğlu, Sıla


This study investigated how residents’ participation in local festivals may influence their subjective-well-being and their quality of life. Using data collected from local attendees of a film festival, this study examined the relationship between socio-cultural impacts of a festival and subjective well-being of local residents. Findings revealed that while community benefits and cultural/educational benefits are positive predictors of subjective well-being of residents, quality life concerns were found to have negative impact on the well-being of residents. Findings also revealed no significant relationship between community resource concerns and subjective well-being of residents.

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  • Yolal, Medet & Gursoy, Dogan & Uysal, Muzaffer & Kim, Hyelin (Lina) & Karacaoğlu, Sıla, 2016. "Impacts of festivals and events on residents’ well-being," Annals of Tourism Research, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 1-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:anture:v:61:y:2016:i:c:p:1-18
    DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2016.07.008

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