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Cultural Tourism In A Greek Insular Community: The Residents’ Perspective


  • Sdrali, Despina
  • Chazapi, Katerina


Cultural tourism constitutes an alternative strategy of sustainable local development for improving quality of life. The main objective of this type of tourism is to transform the regions, which are characterized by cultural resources, into ideal places for vacation, residence or business. In this study the residents’ perceptions of cultural tourism were examined in a case study of a Greek island, Andros. It was found that the majority of the respondents were aware of the importance of cultural tourism and they argued that it could contribute to the island’s local development. The findings also suggested that there is a strong relationship between the respondents’ characteristics and their perceptions of the impacts of cultural tourism on the island’s development.

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  • Sdrali, Despina & Chazapi, Katerina, 2007. "Cultural Tourism In A Greek Insular Community: The Residents’ Perspective," MPRA Paper 6368, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:6368

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    1. Bachleitner, Reinhard & Zins, Andreas H., 1999. "Cultural Tourism in Rural Communities: The Residents' Perspective," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 199-209, March.
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    1. Despina Sdrali & Maria Goussia-Rizou & Pinelopi Kiourtidou, 2015. "Residents’ perception of tourism development as a vital step for participatory tourism plan: a research in a Greek protected area," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 17(4), pages 923-939, August.
    2. Jorge Ridderstaat & Robertico Croes, 2013. "The Force Field of Tourism," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 5(1), pages 1-24, June.
    3. repec:dug:actaec:y:2016:i:6:p:160-167 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Alexandra Lappa & Evangelia Georgitsoyanni, 2016. "Integrating Cultural Heritage into Contemporary Life. The Perspective of Local Communities: The Case of Arcadia, Greece," Eurasian Journal of Social Sciences, Eurasian Publications, vol. 4(1), pages 39-49.

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    alternative tourism; cultural tourism; cultural heritage; sustainable local development; Greece;

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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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