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dc.contributor.authorNunkoo, R.
dc.contributor.authorRamkissoon, Haywantee
dc.identifier.citationNunkoo, R. and Ramkissoon, H. 2010. Community Perceptions of Tourism in Small Island States: A Conceptual Framework. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure, and Events. 2 (1): pp. 51-65.

Sustainable tourism development is a major challenge for small island economies. Yet, little research has been conducted on the social implications of tourism development and their role in the sustainable development of such economies. This research discusses the importance of understanding community perceptions of tourism development in small island states by proposing a theoretical framework based on social exchange theory. The framework defines attitudes to tourism as the residents’ perceptions toward the positive and negative impacts of tourism, which in turn influence support for the industry. The model also proposes that the independent variables influencing attitudes to tourism are economic dependence on the industry, occupational identity, community attachment, and level of power. The state of the local economy is given as a moderating variable between dependence on the industry and the perceived positive and negative impacts. The relationship between level of power and perceived positive and negative impacts is considered to be moderated by the gender of the residents. The policy implications of adopting such a model are discussed.

dc.subjectSmall economies
dc.subjectcommunity responses
dc.subjectparticipative tourism development
dc.titleCommunity Perceptions of Tourism in Small Island States: A Conceptual Framework
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure, and Events
curtin.departmentSchool of Marketing
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