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Author : Yvette Reisinger & Kwang-Soo Park
School/Work Place : Temple University, USA
Contact : yvette.reisinger@temple.edu, kspark@temple.edu
Year : 2009

This paper explores the concept of quality of life (QOL) as perceived by residents in tourism destinations and examines differences in perceptions of QOL among culturally different destinations. The perceived QOL of local community is an important factor that should be considered in planning, developing and managing tourism in order to achieve long run prosperity and sustainability of the industry (Ritchie & Inkari, 2006). The industry must take into account the residents’ perceptions of QOL when developing sustainable tourism practices (Mattson, 1990). Carefully planned and well-developed and organized tourist destinations can benefit area residents, add to the richness of their experiences and make their life more meaningful. Sustainable tourism can provide local people and businesses with quality life and growth.

The paper draws on theories of QOL to develop a conceptual framework and research approach for examining the perceived QOL of residents in tourism destinations and its relationship to support for tourism. The paper begins with a discussion of the concept of QOL, and then examines the factors that contribute to QOL, the impacts of the perceived benefits and costs of tourism development on residents’ perceptions of QOL and support for tourism. The paper also examines differences in the perceived QOL of residents and support for tourism development among culturally different destinations. The authors argue that QOL and support for tourism vary depending on different importance attached by residents to socio-cultural, historic, environmental, and economic values. These discussions are offered to establish the need for systematic enquiry in this area, and are followed by a detailed presentation of a research rationale and conceptual model in which key variables and proposed relationships are discussed, measurement issues are addressed, and implications for research are given.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
6 Think Tank VIII Shared Playgrounds: Contrasting Visitor Perspectives o... file 6541 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism is forming an increasingly significant component of the social and economic fabric of many major cities around the world. The quality of life for the residents of a city can be both degraded and enhanced by tourism and its associated...

Author: Tony Griffin, Deborah Edwards, Katie Schlenker & Bruce Hayllar 

Year: 2008 

» Think Tank IX Community based sustainable tourism: Quality of life a... file 7512 Oct 13, 2013

This paper explores the concept of quality of life (QOL) as perceived by residents in tourism destinations and examines differences in perceptions of QOL among culturally different destinations. The perceived QOL of local community is an imp...

Author: Yvette Reisinger & Kwang-Soo Park 

Year: 2009 

4 Think Tank X Implementation of the DIT-ACHIEV Model for Sustainable... file 4457 Oct 14, 2013

The DIT-ACHIEV Model is a model of sustainable tourism indicators developed in a previous research project undertaken by the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology. The indicators represent six fields o...

Author: Maeve Morrissey, Kevin Griffin & Sheila Flanagan 

Year: 2010 

3 Think Tank XII Residents' Perceptions on Event Impacts an Relocation ... file 2916 Nov 06, 2013

Social exchange theory and the mobility paradigm are used to understand residents’ perceptions on the impacts of the 2012 Olympic Games and their relocation intentions. Confirmatory factor analysis on a sample of 212 residents of London city...

Author: Girish Prayag & Talia Alders 

Year: 2012 

2 Think Tank XIII Visitors' and Residents' Perception of Tourism Impact ... file 10861 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism is one of the leading contributors to service industry in Malaysia and is gradually growing. The growth of this industry brings impact towards the environment, specifically the water quality of islands. This study views into the visi...

Author: Murugadas Ramdas & Badaruddin Mohamed 

Year: 2013 

1 Think Tank XIII Assessing Community Quality of Life in the Context of ... file 3766 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 

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