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Understanding Tourism Development: A Representational Approach


  • Meliou, Elina
  • Maroudas, Leonidas


The 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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  • Meliou, Elina & Maroudas, Leonidas, 2009. "Understanding Tourism Development: A Representational Approach," MPRA Paper 25318, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Dec 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25318

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    tourism development; social representations; word associations; hotel employees; tourism education;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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