Indigenous Residents’ Perceptions Towards Tourism Development: A Case of Sabah, Malaysia
Journal of Place Management and Development, Forthcoming, DOI: 10.1108/JPMD-09-2017-0086
34 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2018 Last revised: 22 Sep 2018
Date Written: June 6, 2018
Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the perceptions of indigenous people towards tourism development and the factors that influence their perceptions of the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism.
Design/methodology/approach – This study will focus on the perceptions of an aboriginal group indigenous to Malaysia, and draws upon a sample of 272 from the Lower Kinabatangan region of Sabah, Malaysia. Respondents were administered a questionnaire, the results of which were analysed by way of partial least squares–structural equation modelling.
Findings – The results indicate a significant positive effect for economic gain on the perceived economic and environmental impacts of tourism, and of community involvement on the perception of social impacts. Moreover, the study found that the perception of environmental impacts, followed by perceived economic impacts, had a strong effect on support for tourism development.
Originality/value – This study makes a significant theoretical contribution to the resident perception literature by investigating how the perception of tourism impacts affects indigenous residents’ support for tourism development. Furthermore, this study describes a number of practical implications of this study for the promotion of sustainable tourism development among indigenous residents.
Keywords: Malaysia, Economic impacts, Social impacts, Residents’ perceptions, Environmental impacts, Indigenous people
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