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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 100; doi:10.3390/su8010100

Local Residents’ Attitude toward Sustainable Rural Tourism Development

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Department of Economic Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, 3-5 Manastur Street, Cluj-Napoca 400372, Romania
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Department of Agribusiness and Rural Development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq, Sulaimani-Bakrajo 5100, Iraq
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Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic Sciences, “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, 77 Bdul. Revolutiei, Arad 310130, Romania
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 16 November 2015 / Revised: 16 January 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2016 / Published: 21 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

Tourism is a multi-faced activity that links the economic, social and environmental components of sustainability. This research analyzes rural residents’ perceptions of the impact of tourism development and examines the factors that influence the support for sustainable tourism development in the region of Nord-Vest in Romania. Residents’ perceptions towards tourism development were measured using 22 items, while their support for tourism development was determined using 8 items. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Principal component analysis grouped the first 22 variables into 4 factors, and the following 8 variables into 2 factors (sustainable development, destination development). Findings indicate that residents see tourism as a development factor. The natural, economic, and social-cultural environment as well as infrastructure, age, gender and education are factors that influence the sustainable development of tourism. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural tourism; tourism planning; residents’ attitudes; tourism impact rural tourism; tourism planning; residents’ attitudes; tourism impact
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Muresan, I.C.; Oroian, C.F.; Harun, R.; Arion, F.H.; Porutiu, A.; Chiciudean, G.O.; Todea, A.; Lile, R. Local Residents’ Attitude toward Sustainable Rural Tourism Development. Sustainability 2016, 8, 100.

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