Community understanding of the impact of temporary visitors on incidental destinations

Ken Simpson, Philip Bretherton

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    Influential changes in global economics have posed important survival and sustainability questions for small urban communities. in response, many such communities have turned to the tourism industry as a potential economic saviour, and have thus embarked on a developmental journey that has been exhaustively examined in the tourism literature of the past thirty years. However, this literature is all but unanimous in examining the benefits and costs of community tourism after the event, when those costs and benefits have become clearly evident and significantly entrenched. in seeking to evaluate the extent to which residents of four small cities are aware of potential costs and benefits, before the advent of any significant tourism activity, this paper analyses the content of 782 responses to a written survey procedure. Results indicate a generally realistic local awareness of the economic aspects of increased tourism activity, but an over-optimistic assessment of environmental impacts, societal impacts, and the ability of local stakeholders to successfully manage the process of tourism industry development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)340-353
    Number of pages14
    JournalCommunity Development: Journal of the Community Development Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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