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

Benchmarking: An International Journal, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 20 May 2011 Last revised: 9 Jun 2011

Juan Gabriel Brida

Universidad de la República; Free University of Bolzano

Marta Disegna

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Faculty of Economics and Management

Linda Osti

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Faculty of Economics and Management

Date Written: May 12, 2011

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: A12, C20, C25, C49

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1839244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1839244

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 - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

Bozen, Bozen
Italy

Linda Osti

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

Via Sernesi 1
39100 Bozen-Bolzano (BZ), Bozen 39100
Italy

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