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Author : Ercan Sirakaya-Turk, Muzzo S. Uysal & Turgut Var
School/Work Place : University of South Carolina, USA (Ercan Sirakaya-Turk, Muzzo Uysal), Izmir University of Economic, Turkey (Turgut Var)
Contact : turgut.var@izmirekonomi.edu.tr
Year : 2008

During the last two decades, there has been increased focus on topics related to various aspects of sustainable tourism. Believing that sustainable tourism can be a serious alternative that can remedy some of the negative impacts associated with traditional tourism development, scholars and main stream tourism journals have dedicated much time and space in publishing ustainability related research. Although much distance have been covered in delineating the scope of sustainability research, there is hardly any work that tracks and understands support for such policies within the general public. After all, decision-makers are elected officials that must listen to their constituents and justify the positions they take. Hence, understanding and assessing support for sustainable tourism policies among the general population becomes paramount.

Turkey has become a very competitive country in the last 15 years; ranked number 9 among the most tourist receiving countries, it has paid scant attention in developing its tourism product in a more sustainable manner. However, the type of support that helped fuel the all inclusive, unsustainable mass tourism growth is fading among the more elite and concerned tourism developers. The industry recognizes that the current course in tourism is not sustainable. Against this background, the current study examines residents’ support for sustainable tourism policies within the general population of residents in a large city-Izmir, Turkey and the Island of Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) using recently validated new version of SUS_TAS items.

Data for the study were gathered in Izmir (1817 respondents) and Cyprus (955 respondents) through interviewer-administered surveys. The Turkish Cypriot data were collected via telephone interviews with a random sample of 955 adults who were 18 years of age or older using a local market research company. Data from Izmir/Turkey were collected via a clustering sampling technique proportional to populations of city-districts using a face-to-face interview method with a group of 60 student interviewers. The makeup of Izmir’s population is akin to Turkey’s general population. Government agencies frequently collect data (e.g., CPI) in one or in some combination of the three largest metropolitan cities such as Izmir, Istanbul, and Ankara as collected data in any one of these cities are usually considered representative of the general population in the country.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Date
8 Think Tank XVIII Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-ro... file 15433 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: local residents, seasonality, mass tourism, sustainability, tourism development

Author: Tina Šegota 

Year: 2018 

7 Think Tank XV A vacation from capitalism; what happens when the ‘mas... file 3406 Jul 27, 2015

Philosophical and theoretical debates in tourism must be situated not just within economic and cultural contexts, but also political and social ones (Ataljevic, Pritchard & Morgan, 2007). Tourism is more than an ‘industry,’ Freya Higgins...

Author: Amy Savener 

Year: 2015 

6 Think Tank XV A modified value chainanalysisoftourism development in... file 1787 Jul 27, 2015

Tourism development in a relatively unknown country is faced with various challenges. The difficulty is not only choosing an appropriate tourism development strategy but also managing it in a complex sociocultural, economic and political env...

Author: Sonja Frommenwiler & Péter Varga 

Year: 2015 

OPA: Runner Up Outstanding Paper Award 

» Think Tank VIII Resident Support for Sustainable Tourism Policies in T... file 4595 Oct 13, 2013

During the last two decades, there has been increased focus on topics related to various aspects of sustainable tourism. Believing that sustainable tourism can be a serious alternative that can remedy some of the negative impacts associated ...

Author: Ercan Sirakaya-Turk, Muzzo S. Uysal & Turgut Var 

Year: 2008 

4 Think Tank IV Possibilities for Sustainable Tourism Management in Ac... file 4054 Oct 13, 2013

Sustainability is an inevitable concept in tourism which heavily depends on natural resources and environment with its products and services. Here prevention and controlling water, air and noise pollution, habitat degradation is more importa...

Author: Meryem Atik, Türker Altan & A. Akin Aksu 

Year: 2004 

3 Think Tank IV Cultural Tourism as a Means for Sustainability in a Ma... file 3829 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism has become for many islands a means of social, economic and cultural development through the creation of jobs, raising standards of living and through the development of local resources for culture and heritage. Thus, many of these d...

Author: Chryso Panayidou 

Year: 2004 

2 Think Tank IV Environmental Attitudes of Tourism Activity Providers ... file 3027 Oct 13, 2013

This paper looks at the issue of environmental awareness and the related topic of 'ecolabels' in a New Zealand context, adopting a supplier's perspective to gain a greater insight into the attitudes of those managing and providing tourism pr...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2004 

1 Think Tank IV Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and P... file 4016 Oct 13, 2013

In year 2001, the Government of the Balearic Islands decided to establish a tourism tax, named "ecotax", as an important measure to achieve a more sustainable tourism model for the islands. This paper analyses the background of the ecotax, t...

Author: Antoni Serra Cantallops 

Year: 2004 

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