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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 61; doi:10.3390/su9010061

Residents’ Attitudes towards Sustainable Tourism Development in a Historical-Cultural Village: Influence of Perceived Impacts, Sense of Place and Tourism Development Potential

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Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (CAS), Beijing 100101, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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School of Architecture, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Intelligence Engineering Lab, Institute of Software (CAS), Beijing 100190, China
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School of Humanities, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750021, China
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Received: 23 November 2016 / Revised: 23 December 2016 / Accepted: 27 December 2016 / Published: 2 January 2017
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Abstract

This study aims to assess the residents’ support for sustainable tourism development in a destination that is in the initial tourism development stage. Residents’ perception of sustainable tourism development potential, sense of place, perceived tourism impacts, and tourism development support were involved in this study. A total of 331 completed questionnaire surveys were collected in Luozhou, a historical-cultural village in China. The empirical data were analyzed using a structural equation modeling (SEM) technique, and the results revealed that perceived collective benefits had a significant positive effect on tourism development support, whereas the other three perceived impacts’ influence were not significant. The relationship between residents’ sense of place and perceived collective and personal benefits, perceived personal costs and tourism development support, were significant. Additionally, residents’ perceptions of tourism development potential had a significant influence on perceived impact and tourism development support except for perceived personal benefits. Some practical implications of those findings for tourism planning and development are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: perceived impacts; sense of place; sustainable tourism development potential; China perceived impacts; sense of place; sustainable tourism development potential; China
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Zhu, H.; Liu, J.; Wei, Z.; Li, W.; Wang, L. Residents’ Attitudes towards Sustainable Tourism Development in a Historical-Cultural Village: Influence of Perceived Impacts, Sense of Place and Tourism Development Potential. Sustainability 2017, 9, 61.

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