Residents' perceptions of airport construction impacts: a negativity bias approach

Monterrubio, Carlos, Andriotis, Konstantinos ORCID: and Rodríguez-Muñoz, Gregoria (2020) Residents' perceptions of airport construction impacts: a negativity bias approach. Tourism Management, 77 , 103983. ISSN 0261-5177 (doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2019.103983)

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Airports have significant implications for regional and local tourism development, so their impacts need to be assessed. Based on in-depth interviews with local residents, this study examined the effects of an airport development project in Mexico. Negativity bias theory was adopted as a theoretical framework to gain a fuller understanding of host communities’ perceptions. In accordance with this theory, even though the economic impacts of the airport’s construction are recognised as positive, its environmental and social effects on locals’ everyday lives are perceived more negatively. As a result, most locals interviewed do not support the airport project. This is because, in line with negativity bias theory, when perceived negative impacts outweigh positive ones, a holistic evaluation that integrates negative and positive events will ultimately be unfavourable. Practical implications in terms of public consultation, perceived impacts and tourism development are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 27640
Notes on copyright: © 2019. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User: Konstantinos Andriotis
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 01:56

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