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Legislative Perceptions of Sustainable Tourism: The Case of the North Carolina General Assembly
by Arnold, Shannon, M.S., East Carolina University, 2011, 86; 1493486
Abstract (Summary)

The tourism industry is the second largest contributor to North Carolina's economy. The traditional thrust behind many national and state tourism policies has focused on the industry's employment potential and opportunities for economic growth. However, consumer demand is shifting toward a more sustainable approach to tourism that balances economic growth with environmental and social-cultural enhancement and equity. Given the growing pressure placed on legislators to address tourism development, and specifically sustainable tourism, there is a clear need to better understand legislators' perceptions of tourism and enhance communication between legislators and tourism practitioners.

By identifying the perceptions of elected leaders at the state level; destination marketers, advocates of sustainability, and consumers will have a better understanding of how to effectively communicate with, and lobby their local legislators. This study replicates and extends a previous study. Using a multi-method approach data were collected through a web-based survey, mail survey, and face-to-face interception; this study seeks to measure and analyze North Carolina legislators' knowledge of and attitudes towards the tourism industry and sustainable development within the industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Alderman, Derek, Schneider, Paige P.
Commitee: Howard, John
School: East Carolina University
Department: Sustainable Tourism
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public administration, Sustainability, Recreation
Keywords: Communication, Education, Legislators, North Carolina, Sustainable tourism
Publication Number: 1493486
ISBN: 978-1-124-65938-1
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