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A Comparison of residents’ perceptions in two cruise ports in the Mediterranean Sea

Brida, Juan Gabriel and Del Chiappa, Giacomo and Meleddu, Marta and Pulina, Manuela (2012) A Comparison of residents’ perceptions in two cruise ports in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Tourism Research , in press. eISSN 1522-1970. Article.

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DOI: 10.1002/jtr.1915

Abstract

This paper examines residents’ perceptions of a wide set of externalities exerted by the development of cruise tourism. The research involved data collection in two ports located in the two largest Mediterranean islands, Sicily and Sardinia, during the summer peak of the cruise season 2011. These two cruise destinations are especially interesting as they are characterized by a distinct life cycle. The empirical findings show that the two groups of residents have statistically equal perceptions on cruise activity in their destination. A correspondence analysis shows that residents have an overall positive attitude on the development of cruise tourism with respect to social, cultural and economic impacts. Nevertheless, they also feel that cruise activity has a negative impact, especially on the environment. Heterogeneity in occupation is explicitly taken into account. These findings provide directions for local policy-makers.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8086
Status:In Press
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cruise development, islands, residents’ perceptions, correspondence analysis, ANOVA/MANOVA
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/08 Economia e gestione delle imprese
Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/03 Scienza delle finanze
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Wiley
eISSN:1522-1970
Additional Information:Early view
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 12:58

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