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

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Normah Abdul Latip

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - School of Housing, Building and Planning

Mastura Jaafar

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - School of Housing, Building and Planning

Date Written: June 6, 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Latip, Normah Abdul and Rasoolimanesh, S. Mostafa and Jaafar, Mastura, Indigenous Residents’ Perceptions Towards Tourism Development: A Case of Sabah, Malaysia (June 6, 2018). Journal of Place Management and Development, Forthcoming, DOI: 10.1108/JPMD-09-2017-0086, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191807

Normah Abdul Latip

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) ( email )

Jalan Sungai Dua
Minden, Penang 11800
Malaysia

S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh (Contact Author)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - School of Housing, Building and Planning ( email )

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Jalan Taylor's
Subang Jaya, Selangor 47500
Malaysia

Mastura Jaafar

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) - School of Housing, Building and Planning ( email )

Minden, Penang 11800
Malaysia

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