Title page for ETD etd-10192006-115607

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jurowski, Claudia Anne
URN etd-10192006-115607
Title The interplay of elements affecting host community resident attitudes toward tourism : a path analytic approach
Degree PhD
Department Hospitality and Tourism Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Uysal, Muzaffer S. Committee Chair
McCleary, Ken W. Committee Member
Murrmann, Suzanne K. Committee Member
Olsen, Michael D. Committee Member
Williams, Daniel R. Committee Member
  • Tourism Public opinion
  • Tourism Virginia Mount Rogers National Recreation
Date of Defense 1994-04-15
Availability unrestricted
Recent research in the field of tourism has demonstrated that the endorsement of the indigenous population is essential for the development, successful operation and sustainability of tourism. Achieving the goal of favorable community support for the tourism industry will require an understanding of how residents formulate their perceptions of the impact of tourism and their attitudes toward tourism. The purpose of this study was to examine the interplay of elements that affect host community resident attitudes toward tourism.

The principles of social exchange theory provided the framework for a tourism exchange system model which posits that tourism is a system of exchanges of resources between the tourist, the host community, and the tourist business and service sector. The research demonstrated that a propitious attitude toward tourism is a function of a favorable exchange position which is viewed as a desire to enter into or maintain a tourism exchange relationship.

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