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Island cruise tourism development: a resident's perspective in the context of Italy

Del Chiappa, Giacomo and Abbate, Tindara (2016) Island cruise tourism development: a resident's perspective in the context of Italy. Current issues in tourism, Vol. 19 (13), p. 1372-1385. ISSN 1368-3500. Article.

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DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2013.854751

Abstract

Most studies that examine tourism impacts and community attitudes have been carried out from the perspective of the tourism sector as a whole, with very few papers focusing on specific types of tourism and/or analysing tourists' preferences for specific types of tourism segment. This paper discusses some pertinent issues in relation to cruise tourism development and community attitudes in a port of call cruise destination located in the island of Sicily (Southern Italy). Specifically, this study was carried out using a quota random sample of 1500 responses, which is representative of the population of Messina at 1% level. Findings show that residents express an overall positive attitude towards cruise tourism development even if it is not the most preferred when compared to other types of tourism (cultural tourism, sport tourism, and sun and sea tourism). Further, they highlight that significant differences based on socio-economic and demographic characteristics (age, gender, reliance on cruise-related employment, level of education, geographical proximity to tourist areas and port, length of residency and frequency of interaction with tourists) exist in residents' perceptions and attitudes towards cruise tourism development. Implications for policy-makers are discussed and suggestions for further research are given.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11471
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cruise tourism, community-based tourism, socio-economic and demographic characteristics, types of tourism, residents' preferences, tourism island destinations
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/08 Economia e gestione delle imprese
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1368-3500
Deposited On:19 Oct 2016 17:08

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