Place attachment, perception of place and residents' support for tourism development

Stylidis, Dimitrios ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Place attachment, perception of place and residents' support for tourism development. Tourism Planning & Development, 15 (2) . pp. 188-210. ISSN 1479-053X [Article] (doi:10.1080/21568316.2017.1318775)

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Although place attachment is a critical factor shaping residents' attitudes toward tourism development, the relationship between the perceived qualities of a place (place image) and attachment to it has been under-explored within the context of tourism. This study proposes a model which integrates both place attachment and perception of place and examines their effect on the perceived tourism impacts and on residents' support for tourism development. Findings suggest that (a) place attachment precedes perception of place; (b) perception of place positively affects perceived impacts; (c) perception of impacts positively affects support for tourism development. The study extends prior work on tourism development by incorporating both emotional and physical evaluations of a place when modelling residents’ attitudes toward tourism. The study also offers practical implications that are particularly important for the formation of sustainable tourism development programs.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 21753
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism Planning & Development on 28/04/17, available online:
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Depositing User: Dimitrios Stylidis
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:08

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