A Research on the Evaluation of the Effects of Tourism by Local People in Cittaslow Destinations


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Ünal A., Çelen O., Bayar S. B. , Tuna M.

Tourism and Recreation, vol.2, pp.76-82, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Tourism and Recreation
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.76-82
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In this study, it is aimed to determine the evaluations of locals residing in Vize destination in terms of the tourism mobility which is located in Kırklareli province and which gained the status of “cittaslow city” (quiet city) on July 20, 2012. 425 questionnaires prepared in this context were delivered to the local people residing in the destination Vize during 1 May-31 October 2019 period by face-to-face communication. Twenty of the returned questionnaires were excluded from the evaluation since the same answer option was coded for each question and fifteen of the questionnaires were excluded from the evaluation too since more than 50% of the answer codings were left blank. As a result of the research (SPSS), it was found that the majority of the participants (76%) considered tourism to be beneficial for their destination and their viewpoints to the tourists coming to the destination were positive (79%). The dimensions of the scale of evaluating the effects of tourism in their destinations by local people were found to be positive support to tourism development, negative socio-cultural effects of tourism, positive economic effects of tourism, satisfaction with the development of tourism and positive personal benefits of tourism. In addition local people agreed with the statements which were “Tourism should be maintained as an important part of the destination.”, “Efforts should be made for the further development of tourism in the destination.” and “Tourism investments in the destination should continue increasingly.” at a high level. On the other hand the local people agreed with the statements that were “The local people in the destination provide economic gain through tourism.”, “I am satisfied with the economic development in destination which is a result of the tourism.”, “Tourism supports the local economy in the destination.”, “I benefit from the development of tourism in destination.”, “Tourism increases the quality of life of the local people in the destination”. “I am satisfied with the social development in destination which is a result of the tourism.” and “The development of tourism in my destination also has a positive impact on my job.” at a low level.