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Author : Ercan Sirakayae, Linda J. Ingram & Hwan Suk Chris Choi
School/Work Place : Texas A&M University, USA (Ercan Sirakayae, Linda J. Ingram), University of Guelph, Canada (Hwan Suk Chris Choi)
Contact : ercan-sirakaya@tamu.edu
Year : 2005

Recognizing that tools developed solely to measure perceptions of positive/negative impacts of tourism within the traditional conceptual works are insufficient, recently Choi and Sirakaya (2005) developed and tested both an innovative framework and a new measurement tool that reflects the paradigm shift toward sustainability. This new scale, termed SUS-TAS, is a gauge to be used for measuring community sentiments toward tourism development. This study is an extension of their original study that utilizes this scale as a segmentation tool among the residents of a community. As with previous attitude studies, it is hypothesized that residents’ attitudes toward sustainable tourism development will not be uniform across the population stratum.

Specifically, the purpose of this study is twofold: (1) to identify relatively homogeneous resident segments within the sustainability framework, and (2) to profile and describe these resident segments using a factor-cluster segmentation approach and test whether there are any differences between various segments of the host population with regard to its socio-economic, socio-demographic characteristics, and selected behavioral and community variables. It is anticipated that this study will provide a benchmark for longitudinal comparative studies that trace the changes of attitudes and perceptions of community residents toward sustainable tourism.

The current study differs from earlier ones in at least one important aspect. It is the first attempt to examine attitudes toward sustainable tourism development using a segmentation tool. Earlier studies have consistently used traditional approaches to resident attitudes. This study recognizes the paradigm shift in society’s attitudes toward tourism and hence uses an alternative theoretical framework as a starting point as opposed to traditional approaches that use such theories as “the social exchange theory.” As the reader will notice, the SUS-TAS scale developed by Choi and Sirakaya takes into account benefits and costs associated with tourism activity. However, it goes a step further by enhancing current conceptual frameworks by explicitly recognizing intergenerational equity, a cornerstone of the sustainability paradigm. Therefore, the results of this research will contribute to the ever-increasing body of knowledge in the area of resident attitudes toward tourism while contributing a practical instrument to be used to monitor resident attitudes on sustainability over time.

For this study, a factor-cluster segmentation approach using a list of attitudes toward sustainable tourism was employed. The use of attitudes and perceptions in identifying resident segments as part of impact studies has been reported in the literature. Although the list of empirical attitude studies is rather extensive, these studies were not reviewed for this paper. Instead, given the context of this study, more recent studies dealing specifically with attitudes of residents and how those attitudes are used to segment residents were reviewed.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort Date
102 Think Tank XIV Bird-watching Routes as Collaborative Stakeholderships... file 4714 Jun 27, 2014

Although there are numerous birding trails with varying levels of success, prior to this study, little research existed as to how birding trails are designed, implemented and managed. Thus, the study posed and answered the following research...

Author: Krisztian Vas 

Year: 2014 

101 Think Tank XII Destination Governance and Tourist Mobilities: New Par... file 4650 Nov 06, 2013

Resort communities are complex systems where destination governance has become increasingly challenged by new mobilities of capital, finance, labor, communication, transportation, leisure and tourism. Popular destinations like the coastal co...

Author: Dianne Dredge & Tazim Jamal 

Year: 2012 

100 Think Tank VIII Resident Support for Sustainable Tourism Policies in T... file 4624 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 

99 Think Tank VII Innovations in Volunteer Tourism: A Case Study of Fund... file 4576 Oct 13, 2013

The popularity of volunteer tourism as a form of alternative tourism has grown significantly over the past decade (McGehee, and Norman, 2002). Volunteer tourists can now be found throughout the world participating in a wide array of social, ...

Author: Kevin Lyons 

Year: 2007 

98 Think Tank X Establishing a Network of European Rural Villages for ... file 4557 Oct 13, 2013

The paper deals with the research activity carried out by the Authors in the context of the European Project “Listen to the Voice of Villages”. The focus is on the governance asset and tools able to enhance sustainable tourism development i...

Author: Mariangela Franch, Umberto Martini, Federica Buffa & Fabio Sacco 

Year: 2010 

97 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility and Travel & Tourism B... file 4480 Oct 13, 2013

This paper discusses some economic, social, and environmental “hard issues” for the travel and tourism (T&T) industry with the aim of shedding some light on little discussed aspects of industry corporate social responsibility (CSR) with ...

Author: David Stipanuk 

Year: 2006 

» Think Tank V Resident Segments Using SUS-TAS file 4468 Oct 13, 2013

Recognizing that tools developed solely to measure perceptions of positive/negative impacts of tourism within the traditional conceptual works are insufficient, recently Choi and Sirakaya (2005) developed and tested both an innovative framew...

Author: Ercan Sirakayae, Linda J. Ingram & Hwan Suk Chris Choi 

Year: 2005 

95 OPA award A Framework for Work-Life Balance Practices in the Tou... file 4402 Oct 13, 2013

This paper addresses the key issues surrounding the debate over work-life balance. It provides an overview of current thinking in the general work environment, with specific focus on the issue within the tourism industry. This paper present...

Author: Margaret Deery & Leo Jago 

Year: 2008 

OPA: 2008 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

94 Think Tank XIV The Emergence of Cross-border Governance Structures: t... file 4383 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 

93 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4367 Oct 13, 2013

The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the current sustainability content in Irish tourism programmes and the identification of key trends in this regard. It is based on extensive research of secondary and tertiary education s...

Author: Jane Stacey, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin & Anna Tottle 

Year: 2008 

92 Think Tank XII Controlling and Influencing Visitor Flow as a Basis fo... file 4303 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 

91 Think Tank XIV Current Global Initiatives to Address the Sustainabili... file 4250 Jul 07, 2014

A number of ongoing and new initiatives aim at the tourism sector with the intention of improving sustainability within the sector and through tourism in other economic and social activities. Dirk's presentation reflects on UNWTO’s position ...

Author: Dirk Glaesser 

Year: 2014 

90 Think Tank VII Envisioning Sustainable Tourism Futures: An Evaluation... file 4239 Oct 13, 2013

Methods for researching the future have grown both in variety and rigour, offering new opportunities for understanding sustainable tourism. This paper discusses the value of futures research as a tool for envisioning and planning sustainable...

Author: Pierre Benckendorff 

Year: 2007 

OPA: 2007 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

89 Think Tank XII Civic Tourism, Environmental Art and Tourism Mobility:... file 4209 Nov 06, 2013

For several decades the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created and installed art all over the world. Their art projects are large scale, temporary, and outdoor-environment inspired, and usually involve woven fabric that is suspended ...

Author: Diane Gaede & James Gould 

Year: 2012 

88 Think Tank XII Sustainable Mobilities Beyond the Report: Covert Susta... file 4203 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 

87 Think Tank XIII Resident Perceptions of the Impacts of Tourism in Majo... file 4153 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 

86 Think Tank VII Rural Adventure Tourism and Social Entrepreneurship file 4136 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 

85 Think Tank IV Possibilities for Sustainable Tourism Management in Ac... file 4111 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 

84 Think Tank IX Sustainable Tourism Principles Reflected in Award-Winn... file 4099 Oct 13, 2013

There has been increased attention given to sustainable tourism monitoring and evaluation efforts, including corporate policies, guidelines and codes of conduct as well as certification programs (e.g., Dodds and Joppe 2005; Font and Harris ...

Author: Stuart Levy & Donald Hawkins 

Year: 2009 

83 Think Tank XIII Local Residents' Involvement in Rural Tourism: The Cas... file 4088 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 

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