Local reactions to mass tourism and community tourism development in Macau

Lai, Ivan Ka Wai and Hitchcock, Michael. 2017. Local reactions to mass tourism and community tourism development in Macau. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(4), pp. 451-470. ISSN 0966-9582 [Article]

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By 2014, it became apparent that a popular debate was emerging in many destinations about the “annoyances” felt by local residents in the face of an upsurge in inbound tourism. This study investigates residents’ attitudes toward mass tourism and tourism development in Macau. It comprises an examination of three emotional solidarity factors of residents’ perceptions of the contribution of tourism to the community and the community's experiences of so-called “annoyances” from tourists that may ultimately influence residents’ attitudes toward community tourism development. The results of this study reveal that three emotional solidarity factors play different roles in influencing residents’ attitudes about community tourism and community tourism development. The theoretical contributions, as well as implications, are discussed and future research opportunities are proposed.

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Mass tourism, emotional solidarity, resident–tourist relationship, community tourism, tourism development, annoyances to community


1 August 2016Accepted
4 November 2016Published Online

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18 Jan 2019 12:18

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29 Apr 2020 16:20

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