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)
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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.

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174 Think Tank XIII Tourism development led by the Third Sector - Impacts ... file 3601 Nov 06, 2013

Most tourism development is initiated and led by either the private or the public sector. These projects’ potential impacts on host communities have been explored since the 1980s, and they are now relatively well known. This is not the case ...

Author: Julia N. Albrecht & My N. D. Tran 

Year: 2013 

173 Think Tank XIV Leadership at the Nexus: Exploring the Connection betw... file 3601 Jun 26, 2014

The development of sustainable and competitive tourism destinations is contingent upon many factors including the creation of inclusive policy (Pforr, 2006), the development and implementation of strategic plans (Jordan, Vogt, Kruger, and Gr...

Author: Whitney Knollenberg & Nancy Gard McGehee 

Year: 2014 

172 Think Tank XII Controlling and Influencing Visitor Flow as a Basis fo... file 3614 Nov 06, 2013

Sustainable tourism at a destination is dependent on the maintenance and good management of its attractive assets. In non-urban areas, the assets will primarily be geological, natural and/or cultural, frequently of a sensitive nature, liable...

Author: David Ward-Perkins & Frédéric Dimanche 

Year: 2012 

171 Think Tank XIV The Emergence of Cross-border Governance Structures: t... file 3614 Jun 26, 2014

It is well recognized that the local borders of a tourism destination are not easy to delineate as they are constantly changing through complex practices and discourses due to historical, political, and economic factors. In fact, recent stud...

Author: Dani Blasco, Jaume Guia & Lluís Prats 

Year: 2014 

170 Think Tank XIII Assessing Community Quality of Life in the Context of ... file 3616 Nov 06, 2013

One of major purposes of tourism development in a destination is to improve the quality of life (QOL) of host community. In the tourism literature, resident QOL has been discussed in the research of resident attitudes toward tourism. However...

Author: Chia-Pin Simo Yu, Shu Tian Cole & H. Charles Chancellor 

Year: 2013 

» Think Tank VIII Resident Support for Sustainable Tourism Policies in T... file 3617 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 

168 Think Tank XIV Exploring the Relationship between General Environment... file 3638 Jun 26, 2014

These challenges raise the questions of how to determine who is environmentally friendly, i.e. who is potentially part of this group acknowledging the range and diversity in environmental behaviours and their uptake. An alternative approach ...

Author: Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2014 

167 Think Tank XV Environmental beliefs and feelings toward nature among... file 3648 Jul 27, 2015

Tourists are often depicted as irresponsible consumers, with mass tourism being linked to extensive consumerism in society (Sharpley, 2012; Singh, 2012)and tourists as consumers are part of the “culture-ideology of consumerism” (Higgins-Desb...

Author: Elizabeth Ann Kruger 

Year: 2015 

166 Think Tank XIII Resident Perceptions of the Impacts of Tourism in Majo... file 3669 Nov 06, 2013

Despite the importance of cities and tourism flows to cities, the literature which explores the effect of tourism on host communities tends to focus on non-urban locations. As different types of tourists place different demands upon the reso...

Author: Tony Griffin & Deborah Edwards 

Year: 2013 

165 Think Tank VII Rural Adventure Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship file 3700 Oct 13, 2013

The intent of this research is to provide a comparative analysis of several innovative social entrepreneurial businesses operating within the realm of rural adventure tourism. This qualitative, case-based research explores six companies, wh...

Author: Christina Heyniger & Kristin Lamoureaux 

Year: 2007 

164 Think Tank XII Sustainable Mobilities Beyond the Report: Covert Susta... file 3731 Nov 06, 2013

The concept of sustainable development has become a mainstream idea in the governance and management of travel and tourism. Over the past two decades it has attracted considerable attention and debate. While the principles of sustainable dev...

Author: Tim Coles, Emily Fenclova & Claire Dinan 

Year: 2012 

163 Think Tank IX Exploring Tourists’ Environmental Learning, Values, an... file 3744 Oct 13, 2013

There is a need for a research agenda, which achieves a holistic understanding of the nature and influences of environmental learning on tourists’ environmental values and travel experiences in relation to climate change. Why, because touri...

Author: Ulrike Kachel & Gayle Jennings 

Year: 2009 

162 Think Tank XIV A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Sustainab... file 3753 Jun 26, 2014

Emerging tourist destinations can challenge ecological, economic, social, and quality of life barriers. These issues draw attention towards the consequences of increasing complexity that are often found as a tourist marketing system grows an...

Author: Sarah Duffy & Larry Dwyer 

Year: 2014 

OPA: 2014 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

161 Think Tank X The Role of Knowledge-based Networks in Sustainable To... file 3767 Oct 13, 2013

In practice, tourism organisations tend to be more serious towards their financial viability and therefore undermine long-term socio-cultural and environmental consequences. In so doing they impede their own ability and that of the destinat...

Author: Ehsan Ahmed & Larry Dwyer 

Year: 2010 

160 Think Tank XIII Local Residents' Involvement in Rural Tourism: The Cas... file 3768 Nov 06, 2013

Community involvement is regarded as a significant factor for the development of rural tourism. In Malaysia, cooperatives are used as a catalyst to achieve community development through community involvement. This paper focuses on the involv...

Author: Uma Thevi Munikrishnan, Sushila Devi Rajaratnam, Paolo Mura & Vikneswaran Nair 

Year: 2013 

159 Think Tank IV Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and P... file 3783 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 

158 Think Tank VIII Linking Tourist Satisfaction to Happiness and Quality ... file 3789 Oct 13, 2013

Dominant tourist satisfaction measures, typically tied to service quality, have recently received much criticism by senior tourism academics (Ryan, 1995; Kozak, 2001; Pearce, 2005). These prominent tourism scholars commonly refer to very sim...

Author: Sebastian Filep 

Year: 2008 

157 Think Tank XIII Regional Collaboration as the Conduit for Sustainable ... file 3841 Nov 06, 2013

Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues. With the decline of family operated farms and the move away from traditional extraction industries, word about the benefits of developing tourism in rural communities and regions is...

Author: Paige P. Schneider, Cynthia S. Deale & Svitlana Iarmolenko 

Year: 2013 

156 Think Tank XIV Heritage Trails through Dolenjska and Bela krajina in ... file 3865 Jun 26, 2014

One of the beneficial methodologies for growing and developing a level of tourism which is sustainable and enhances the totality of local and regional environments is a multi-stakeholder approach to tourism development. In this paper, we pre...

Author: Marko Koscak 

Year: 2014 

155 Think Tank IV It's Mostly About Me: Reasons why Volunteers contribut... file 3882 Oct 13, 2013

This paper contributes to the debate by reporting on inital findings from a wider study of volunteers in museums and art museums that was designed to empirically explore volunteer motivation, expectations, values and commitment. The aim of t...

Author: Deborah Edwards 

Year: 2004