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Residents’ Perceptions of Tourism Impacts and Attitudes Towards Tourism Policies in a Small Mountain Community


Juan Gabriel Brida


Universidad de la República; Free University of Bolzano

Marta Disegna


Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - School of Economics

Linda Osti


Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - School of Economics

May 12, 2011

Benchmarking: An International Journal, Forthcoming

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The purpose of this paper is to explore residents’ perceptions of tourism impacts and how they affect attitudes towards local tourism policies. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of community attachment and employment sector of residents. This study presents the results of a quantitative survey among residing families of a small mountain community located in the Northeast of Italy. The findings reveal that residents’ perceptions on economic, environmental and socio-cultural impacts affect their support to local tourism policies. Residents who perceive positively tourism impacts are more willing to support future tourism development policies. The analysis has also demonstrated that native-born residents generally perceive negatively tourism impacts and are less willing to support any increase in the overall number of tourists, supporting the well know social exchange theory. Some implications for the tourism planning and management of the destination are also discussed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: residents’ perceptions, tourism development, tourism policies, community attachment, social exchange theory, tourism impacts

JEL Classification: A12, C20, C25, C49

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Date posted: May 20, 2011 ; Last revised: June 9, 2011

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Brida, Juan Gabriel and Disegna, Marta and Osti, Linda, Residents’ Perceptions of Tourism Impacts and Attitudes Towards Tourism Policies in a Small Mountain Community (May 12, 2011). Benchmarking: An International Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1839244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1839244

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Juan Gabriel Brida (Contact Author)
Universidad de la República ( email )
Av. 18 de Julio
Montevideo, 1968
Uruguay
Free University of Bolzano ( email )
Via Sernesi 1
39100 Bolzano
Italy
Marta Disegna
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - School of Economics ( email )
Bozen, Bozen
Italy
Linda Osti
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - School of Economics ( email )
School of Economics and Management
Via Sernesi 1
39100 Bozen-Bolzano (BZ), Bozen 39100
Italy
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