Distance effects on residents' attitudes toward tourism

Claudia Jurowski, Dogan Gursoy

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A theoretical model of resident support for tourism that is based on the social exchange theory was shown to be valid regardless of the distance between residents' homes and tourism attractions. However, distance had a significant effect on how the costs and benefits were evaluated. Recreation resource users living closest to the attraction who used it heavily felt more negatively about tourism than did those users living further away. Environmentally sensitive residents who lived closest to the site were more supportive of tourism than more distant residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-312
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Distance from attraction
  • Environmental attitudes
  • Recreation resource users
  • Resident attitudes
  • Social exchange theory
  • Theoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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