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Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-round” tourism: local residents’ perspective on mechanisms for mitigating seasonality

Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-round” tourism: local residents’ perspective on mechanisms for mitigating seasonality

Šegota, Tina ORCID: 0000-0001-7994-1396 (2019) Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-round” tourism: local residents’ perspective on mechanisms for mitigating seasonality. In: Conference Proceedings of BEST EN Think Tank XVII: Marketing Sustainable Tourism Products. University of Technology Sydney, Sydney.

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Abstract

Tourism destinations, especially those subject to climate and weather conditions, are experiencing serious seasonality issues, and the best way to address these issues is through counter-seasonal strategies (Andriotis, 2005; Butler, 2001; Šegota & Mihalič, 2018). Many authors argue that tourism development and planning should be more inclusive for local residents (Murphy, 1985; Tosun, 2006). However, these decisions are still up to the tourism managers and governments concerned, whereas, as destination hosts, local residents have scarce say in the processes of identifying counter-seasonal strategies due to still feeling uninformed or uninvolved in decision-making activities (Šegota, Mihalič, & Kuščer, 2017). Hence, the main purpose of this study is to provide the perspective of local residents on mechanisms that are needed for transforming a mass tourism destination into the upscale, all-year-round holiday community. This study is framed as a qualitative exploratory research style with local residents’ interviews as the main data source. Data were collected in two mainland coastal destinations – Rovinj in Croatia and Piran in Slovenia. From the findings, it is suggested that local residents might be a valuable resource of opinions and ideas when community's tourism development in relation to seasonality is being questioned. Increasing the quality of private accommodation, and diversification of cultural and outdoor activities are important factors in mitigating seasonality.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Conference Proceedings of BEST EN Think Tank XVII: Marketing Sustainable Tourism Products
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seasonality; Resident attitudes; Mass tourism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
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Last Modified: 22 Mar 2019 16:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/20493

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