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Exploring community stakeholders’ perceptions of mass tourism: the case of Bruges

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  • Hernandez-Maskivker, Gilda
  • Ferrari, Sonia
  • Cruyt, Aurélie Nathalie J.

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In the last years, there have been protests by residents against tourism in several destinations around the world. Tourists have also increasingly complained about destinations being overcrowded. At the same time, visitors are looking for more authentic experiences. Our research has been conducted in Bruges, one of the major tourist destinations in Belgium to analyse stakeholder’s perceptions of mass tourism and how destinations can ensure a more sustainable development. One of the major findings from this research is the importance of locals’ support to promote a sustainable tourism. Residents and local entrepreneurship could have a more positive attitude towards tourism if the positive impact outweighs the disadvantages of tourism. Practical and managerial implications are suggested.

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  • Hernandez-Maskivker, Gilda & Ferrari, Sonia & Cruyt, Aurélie Nathalie J., 2019. "Exploring community stakeholders’ perceptions of mass tourism: the case of Bruges," MPRA Paper 94223, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    mass tourism; overtourism; mature destination; sustainable tourism;
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    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets

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