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Residents’ Perceptions towards Tourism Development—The Case of Galaţi-Brăila Conurbation, Romania

Iulian Adrian Șorcaru (), Alexandru Capatina (), Mihaela-Carmen Muntean (), Ludmila-Daniela Manea () and Ionica Soare ()
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Iulian Adrian Șorcaru: Economics Department, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galați, Romania
Alexandru Capatina: Business Administration Department, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galați, Romania
Mihaela-Carmen Muntean: Economics Department, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galați, Romania
Ludmila-Daniela Manea: Economics Department, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galați, Romania
Ionica Soare: Economics Department, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galați, Romania

Sustainability, 2022, vol. 14, issue 13, 1-16

Abstract: Business and transit tourism are representative of the Galati-Brăila conurbation. Its favorable geographical location, at the eastern border of Romania and the EU, and its natural and cultural tourist potential are the main assets towards tourism development. Therefore, future tourist facilities developed by public authorities or private investors could generate a viable economic alternative for its residents. The objectives of this study were to identify residents’ perceptions, both positive and negative, concerning the impact of tourism development on tourist potential, socio-economic characteristics and the environment of the region. Another major objective was to establish the correlation between the residents’ involvement in tourism activities and tourism development in the region. In this regard, based on social exchange theory and applying the Sem-Pls method, we designed hypotheses and a research model which were verified based on a questionnaire implemented online. The data were processed using SmartPls3 software, all the research hypotheses being validated.

Keywords: residents’ perceptions; tourism development; sem-pls approach; Galati-Braila conurbation; business tourism; transit tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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