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Community Attachment and Support for Sustainable Tourism Development through the Attitudes of the Local Population: A Case Study in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Morales Pablo Cañero, Agüera Francisco Orgaz, López-Guzmán Tomás and Cuadra Salvador Moral
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Morales Pablo Cañero: Ph.D Candidate University of Córdoba, Spain
Agüera Francisco Orgaz: Ph.D. Vice-chancellor of Production and Scientific Research Technological University of Santiago, Santiago, Dominican Republic
López-Guzmán Tomás: Ph.D. Departament of Applied Economics University of Córdoba, Spain
Cuadra Salvador Moral: Ph.D. Technological University of Santiago, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 2018, vol. 9, issue 2, 173-184

Abstract: The globalization that is currently suffering the world is applicable to tourism, where sustainable tourism practices are required and consistent with the environment in which they develop, so that tourism practices made aware of the local population are conformed as an important engine from the social and economic point of view where it is inserted. The objective of this research is to carry out an analysis between the possible relationships between the attachment of the residents to the community as well as the support of the local population to sustainable tourism and the environmental attitudes of the residents. For this purpose, a duly structured questionnaire was used to carry out a descriptive analysis through the statistical program IBM SPSS v.24.0 and an analysis through the technique of structural equations (Structural Equation Modeling) through the program SmartPLS v.3.2.6. (Partial Least Squares). The results obtained establish a positive influence of community attachment on support for sustainable tourism development.

Keywords: Local population; Puerto Plata; Structural Equations; Sustainable tourism development; attitudes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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