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The Impact of Community Attachment on Host Society Attitudes and Behaviours Towards Visitors

Simpson, Ken and Bretherton, Philip W. (2009). The Impact of Community Attachment on Host Society Attitudes and Behaviours Towards Visitors. Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development,6(3):235-246.

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Title The Impact of Community Attachment on Host Society Attitudes and Behaviours Towards Visitors
Author Simpson, Ken
Bretherton, Philip W.
Journal Name Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1479-053X   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 235
End Page 246
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 1506 - Tourism
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This paper describes an empirical research project undertaken to address a significant gap in the tourism impacts literature. Noting that previous research has emphasised the importance of host, guest, and destination characteristics as significant influences over visitor experience quality, the paper proposes that one important relationship that emerges from that circumstance has been largely overlooked—local people's attitudes towards life in their own communities. The paper analyses the views of 575 residents of three small city communities in three different countries, in an attempt to establish the nature of relationship between perceptions of life in those communities and attitudes towards temporary visitors. Results indicate that residents are generally able to distinguish between the appeal of community as a place to live and as a place to visit, and that the character of this distinction can present as a paradoxical contrast between a clear intention to recommend as a visitor destination, and a degree of ambiguity towards the prospect of increased visitor activity. These findings will be of value to those regional and local government agencies that are responsible for the long-term planning of visitor facilities, and for the enhancement of the visitor experience in a manner consistent with local resident support and endorsement.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790530903363431   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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