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The Sociological Approach to Tourism in the Period of Economic Crisis

Labros Sdrolias (), Dimitrios Tsiotas, Olga Kalantzi, Nikolaos Kakkos, Vasileios D. Spanos and Stefanos Koffas
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Labros Sdrolias: Technological Educational Institute (T.Ε.Ι) of Thessaly
Olga Kalantzi: University of Thessaly
Nikolaos Kakkos: Technological Educational Institute (T.Ε.Ι) of Thessaly
Vasileios D. Spanos: Technological Educational Institute (T.Ε.Ι) of Thessaly
Stefanos Koffas: Technological Educational Institute (T.Ε.Ι) of Thessaly

A chapter in Strategic Innovative Marketing and Tourism, 2019, pp 541-550 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract International tourism, after the end of World War II, has become a mass phenomenon of major importance affecting almost all social classes of the economically developed countries. Both its diachronic potential and wide spread have made it a main subject of scientific study regarding local and national economy, natural and structural environment and also society and culture of tourist destinations. Greece, with its rich history, great culture and many natural beauties has always attracted many tourists from all over the world. Consequently, it is considered as a country with prominent tourist identity and tradition. Today, although Greece is characterized by deep economic recession, it still adopts and/or even likely is forced to continue this specific tourist philosophy and politics. Bearing in mind its tragic economic situation, this article addresses the socio-cultural impacts of tourism development, with an emphasis on the context and results of the communication between tourists and local residents. Factors that shape the features of tourists in Greece and influence their communication with local residents are analyzed. Furthermore, the possible reactions of locals concerning the attitudes of tourists as well as the way of managing emerging problems from public and private tourism sectors and other indirectly involved local and regional services are being studied.

Keywords: Sociological tourist approach; Local peculiarities; Behavioral reactions; Communication deficit; Greece (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12453-3_62

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