Get access

Rural Residents' Perceptions Toward Tourism Development: a Study from Iran

Authors

  • Gholamhosssein Abdollahzadeh,

    Corresponding author
    1. Faculty of Agricultural Management, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran
    • Correspondence to: Gholamhosssein Abdollahzadeh, Faculty of Agricultural Management, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran.

      E-mail: Abdollahzade1@yahoo.com

    Search for more papers by this author
  • Abolqasem Sharifzadeh

    1. Faculty of Agricultural Management, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran
    Search for more papers by this author

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on the identification and explanation of rural residents' perceptions toward the impacts of tourism development and their grouping with respect to these attitudes. Data from 262 households are used in the empirical analysis. Because of emerging stages of tourism development in the study area, most residents expressed a quite strong support for tourism development, although some social and environmental concern was expressed. The results revealed that respondents most value economic objectives, but the community was not homogeneous in its views. Education, gender, age, income, employment and a high degree of community attachment were found to be the major factors affecting the attitudes of residents. Findings of this study indicate that local people value the tourism in ways consistent with the social exchange theory. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ancillary