Overtourism Perception in the Islands: the Case of Bozcaada and Gökçeada

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34019/2238-2925.2021.v11.32304

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Sustainable Tourism, Resident's Behavior, Touristic Destination

Abstract

In this study, it is aimed to evaluate the effects of over tourism on the two touristic islands in Çanakkale, Bozcaada and Gökçeada, from the eyes of the local people. Overtourism emphasizes that an excessive number of tourists in a particular destination can have negative effects on society. In this study, the phenomenon of overtourism has been discussed on the basis of social carrying capacity and Doxey's irridex-tolarate model. In line with this purpose, the perception of the local people about the effects of tourism, problems caused by tourists and their attitudes towards tourists were evaluated with 260 data using the survey method. The data were analyzed by performing T-Test and regression analysis in the statistical package program. According to the research findings, although there is a positive perception towards tourism in the islands, there are also problems caused by tourism. It can be said that Bozcaada is experiencing an overtourism problem due to reasons such as being a small island compared to Gökçeada. It can be said that Gökçeada is at the first stage, at the satisfaction level, although it is thought Bozcaada is the satisfaction level of Doxey’s model. With this study, the social carrying capacity of the two islands in Çanakkale has been put forward theoretically, and the local people's perception of overtourism has been discussed on the basis of the Doxey theory. So, in practice, sustainable tourism planning on the islands can be done by taking these findings into consideration.

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Author Biographies

Serdar Sünnetçioğlu, Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, (Turkey)

PhD of Tourism Administration / COMU (2016). Master in Tourism Administration / DEU (2013). Degree in Tourism / Gazi University (2011). Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. [ serdarsunnetcioglu@comu.edu.tr ]

Şefik Okan Mercan, Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, professor in postgraduation in Tourism Administration, (Turkey)

PhD of Tourism Administration/DEU (2010). Master in Tourism Administration/COMU (2006). Degree in Tourism / Mersin University (2002). Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, professor in postgraduation in Tourism Administration. [ okanmercan@comu.edu.tr ]

Ferah Özkök, Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, (Turkey)

PhD of Economics / Anadolu University (1997). Master in Policy of economics / DEU (1992). Degree in Economics/Anadolu University (1988). Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. [ fozkok@comu.edu.tr ]

Ayşe Sünnetçioğlu, Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, (Turkey)

PhD of Tourism Administration / COMU (2018). Master in Tourism Administration/Balikesir University (2014). Degree in Tourism / Gazi University (2011). Professor and full-time researcher at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. [ aysesunnetcioglu@comu.edu.tr ]

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Published

2021-08-12

How to Cite

Sünnetçioğlu, S. ., Mercan, Şefik O., Özkök, F. ., & Sünnetçioğlu, A. . (2021). Overtourism Perception in the Islands: the Case of Bozcaada and Gökçeada. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos - ABET, 11. https://doi.org/10.34019/2238-2925.2021.v11.32304

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Selected papers from International Travel & Tourism Dynamics-ITTD2020