Local residents' perceptions on tourism: an Espiritu Santo and Tangoa Islands, a Vanuatu study

Cassidy, Frances (2012) Local residents' perceptions on tourism: an Espiritu Santo and Tangoa Islands, a Vanuatu study. In: 2012 Regional Development: Connectedness, Business and Learning: Creating Sustainable Communities, 20 Jun 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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The research reported in this paper sought to identify the Ni Vanuatu responses to developing small island tourism on Espiritu Santo and Tangoa Islands which form part of Vanuatu in the South Pacific region. The residents' were asked what activities or facilities they thought the tourists would require and if they thought tourism was important to their region. The sample included 61 residents who were asked to complete a questionnaire in relation to tourism to their islands. Findings indicated that 93.4% of respondents did want tourists to come to their island and nearly 74% said tourists were good for the economy and 62% liked showing visitors their culture and that tourists bring development (54%). The local residents rated the three main activities that tourists' participated in while on the outer islands were: going to the beaches, buying local handicrafts and scuba diving. While the three least likely activities for the tourists to participate in were: going to the casino, night clubs and clubs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 04:43
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: small island tourism; Vanuatu; South Pacific; residents' perceptions; activities
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150501 Consumer-Oriented Productor Service Development
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160402 Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23041

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