Host perceptions of tourism: A review of the research

Sharpley, Richard A J orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2135-3206 (2014) Host perceptions of tourism: A review of the research. Tourism Management, 42 (1). pp. 37-49. ISSN 0261-5177

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It has long been recognised that it is incumbent on those responsible for the planning of tourism to seek to optimise the well-being of local residents whilst minimising the costs of tourism development.
It is not surprising, therefore, that academic attention has long been paid to the social impacts of tourism in general and to the understanding of host communities’ perceptions of tourism and its impacts in particular. Nevertheless, despite the significant volume and increasing scope of the research, the extent to which understanding of residents’ perceptions of tourism has been enhanced remains uncertain.
Thus, the purpose of this Progress Review is to explore critically the development of the research into residents’ perceptions of tourism. Highlighting key themes and trends in the literature, it identifies a number of limitations in the research, including a narrow case study base, a dependence on quantitative methods, a focus on perceptions as opposed to responses, and the exclusion of the tourist from the majority of the research. Consequently, it argues for a multidimensional approach to the research.

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