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Tourism, quality of life, and residents of a rural town

Duarte Alonso, A and Nyanjom, J Tourism, quality of life, and residents of a rural town. Tourism Analysis. ISSN 1083-5423 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Numerous studies discuss the potential impacts of tourism on residents’ quality of life (QOL). Despite this rich body of research, some researchers identify the need to investigate this dimension using a qualitative approach, as well as in rural areas where tourism is under development. Partly in response to these calls, the present study uses the case of a Western Australian town to investigate QOL through the lens of social exchange theory. Through focus groups, face-to-face interviews and online questionnaires, qualitative data were gathered among the town’s residents. Overall, the impacts of tourism on participants’ QOL are positive. Four predominant exchanges related to QOL from tourism’s effects emerged: economic, bonding, material and cultural. While economic exchanges, including job creation and income, are the main triggers of QOL, bonding exchanges, through volunteering and attending events are also considered as fundamental. The study discusses key implications and suggests future research avenues.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Indefinite embargo required until article is published. Published version required for e-prints. MS 1/07/2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1506 Tourism, 1504 Commercial Services, 1505 Marketing
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General) > G154.9 Travel and state. Tourism
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Cognizant Communication Corporation
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 10:57
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 10:57
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3834

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