Host Community Perceptions toward Sustainable Tourism Development

By Prabha Ramseook-Munhurrun and Perunjodi Naidoo.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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International tourism in small islands has experienced rapid expansion during the recent decades as it plays an important role in the economic development of these destinations. To develop and maintain sustainable tourism, it is necessary to consider the wants and needs of the host community. Despite the increasing research on hosts’ attitudes toward sustainable tourism development, there is limited research on small island communities. This study aims to investigate host community perceptions toward sustainable tourism development in Mauritius, a small island developing state. Using a face-to-face questionnaire, data was collected from a local community living in the northern coastal areas. The questionnaire included twenty-four Likert-style questions inquiring about benefits of sustainable tourism development in the community. The results reveal that the majority of residents are supportive of tourism development in the region and have positive perceptions about its impacts.

Keywords: Host Community, Sustainable Tourism Development, Mauritius, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Tourism Destination

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.133-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.915KB).

Prabha Ramseook-Munhurrun

Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, La Tour Koenig, Pointe Aux Sables, Mauritius

Prabha Ramseook-Munhurrun is a lecturer at the School of Sustainable Development and Tourism. Her main research interests include services management, sustainable development and tourism.

Perunjodi Naidoo

Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, La tour koenig, Pointe Aux Sables, Mauritius

Perunjodi Naidoo is a lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Mauritius. Her main research interests include Destination Marketing, Sustainable Tourism, and Service Quality.

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