Perception and Attitudes of Residents Towards Impacts of Tourism: a research on environmentally sensitive region


  • Gizem Şahin İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi
  • Orhan Akova



Abstract: Tourism has a social, cultural, economic and environmental impact on destinations. The positive or negative perception of these effects by residents has great importance for the continuation of tourism activities in one region. The aim of this study is to determine the perception and attitude of local people towards tourism and tourism support who have a great interest in nature-based tourism and who demonstrate a great reaction to the projects they believe will harm the nature such as hydroelectric power plants projects, Cerattepe Project and Green Road Project. A total of 449 data from residents living in Arhavi, Borçka, Artvin (Center) and Hopa districts were analyzed in the survey. In the course of testing hypotheses, variables such as age group, marital status, education status, working status, survival time in Artvin and county living in Artvin was evaluated by the Kruskal-Wallis H Test; the gender factor was evaluated by the Mann Whitney test and the correlation analysis was made to determine tourism support. As a result of these analyzes, significant differences were found between demographic factors and the perception of tourism effects and tourism support. In addition, it has been determined that the people living in Artvin find favorable the economic, social, cultural and environmental effects of tourism and they support tourism.

Keywords: Resident. Perception. Attitudes. Tourism Impact.


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Author Biographies

Gizem Şahin, İstanbul Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi

Ph.D. Student in Tourism Administration at İstanbul University. She is lecturer at the Vocational High School in Department of Tourism and Hotel Administration at Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University. Her research interests are tourism management, tourism and sociology and tourism and anthropology. Adress: Maltepe Mahallesi, Yılanlı Ayazma Caddesi, No: 26 P.K. 34010 Cevizlibağ / Zeytinburnu / İstanbul Orcid ID:

Orhan Akova

Ph.D. in International Business (1998) at İstanbul University. He is professor at the Department of Tourism Administration at Istanbul University. His research interests include hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, tourism management, organizational behavior, tourism and ethics. Adress: İstanbul Üniversitesi, İktisat Fakültesi, Ek Bina II 34452 Fatih-İSTANBUL Orcid ID:




How to Cite

Şahin, G., & Akova, O. (2019). Perception and Attitudes of Residents Towards Impacts of Tourism: a research on environmentally sensitive region . Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos, 9(1, 2 e 3).