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Drivers of community participation in heritage tourism planning: an empirical investigation

Dragouni, M; Fouseki, K; (2017) Drivers of community participation in heritage tourism planning: an empirical investigation. Journal of Heritage Tourism , 13 (3) pp. 237-256. 10.1080/1743873X.2017.1310214. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite increased emphasis on community participation in tourism planning, our current knowledge of community attitudes and their motivations to engage in such collaborative governance is limited and fragmented. This paper explores the role of heritage values, tourism and community perceptions held by destination hosts as drivers to willingness to participate in heritage tourism development. Such enquiry aims to enhance our current knowledge of community views and their potential to influence involvement in participatory decision-making in order to inform policy approaches to collaborative heritage tourism strategies. Using a relatively inexperienced destination community (Kastoria, Greece), the study collects quantitative data via an attitudinal survey. Our findings suggest that intentions to participate are mainly driven by community ideals while their positive influence is more evident on community members with high place attachment. Heritage values play a significant role; however, their effects do not always favour participation as they can also act as barriers to involvement. On the other hand, tourism perceptions are found to be mainly insignificant in shaping intentions to participate. Finally, the paper presents and discusses variations between different demographic groups and draws implications for policy.

Type: Article
Title: Drivers of community participation in heritage tourism planning: an empirical investigation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1743873X.2017.1310214
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/1743873X.2017.1310214
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Heritage tourism, community, participation, attitudes, perceptions, heritage values
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547773
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