To Investigate the Effects of an Awareness Campaign on Young Residents’ Perceptions: A Case Study of the Lenggong World Heritage Site

Tourism Planning and Development, 13(2), 127-139, (2016) doi: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1096298

27 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2018 Last revised: 21 Sep 2018

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Mastura Jaafar

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

S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh

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

Shuhaida Noor

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Date Written: June 6, 2018

Abstract

This paper investigates three issues concerning younger residents of the Lenggong Valley World Heritage Site (WHS) in Malaysia: their perceptions of tourism development, their perceptions and attitudes regarding their contribution to and promotion of the WHS, and the effects of an awareness campaign regarding the benefits of tourism development and WHS recognition on their perceptions. The awareness campaign was based on social exchange theory. A questionnaire was administered to secondary school students in Lenggong before and after the campaign. Responses revealed that younger residents have overall positive perceptions of tourism development and WHS recognition, and that they want to contribute towards promoting and supporting the WHS. Significant pre- and post-campaign differences in perceptions of younger residents demonstrate the importance of awareness regarding the benefits of tourism development and WHS recognition. The findings have implications for key stakeholders in the promotion of sustainable tourism development and conservation programmes in Lenggong.

Suggested Citation

Jaafar, Mastura and Rasoolimanesh, S. Mostafa and Noor, Shuhaida, To Investigate the Effects of an Awareness Campaign on Young Residents’ Perceptions: A Case Study of the Lenggong World Heritage Site (June 6, 2018). Tourism Planning and Development, 13(2), 127-139, (2016) doi: 10.1080/21568316.2015.1096298, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191971

Mastura Jaafar

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

Minden, Penang 11800
Malaysia

S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh (Contact Author)

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

No.1
Jalan Taylor's
Subang Jaya, Selangor 47500
Malaysia

Shuhaida Noor

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) ( email )

Jalan Sungai Dua
Minden, Penang 11800
Malaysia

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