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Roles of place identity distinctiveness and continuity on resident
attitude toward tourism


Suosheng Wang1*


Received: 23/08/2015 Accepted: 21/11/2015


1Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA; phone: 1-(317)-2789098, fax: 1-(317)-2782041; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
*Corresponding author



Tourism literature pointed out that resident attitude toward tourism is not only affected by what benefits residents can get from tourism development, but also by their place-based identities disregarding the benefits from tourism development. However, few studies have ever empirically explored the nature of the relationships between place identity components and resident attitude toward tourism. This study focuses on discussing the direct and indirect effects of place identity’s four components (i.e., place distinctiveness, continuity, self-esteem, and self-efficacy) and resident attitude toward tourism development. One major contribution of this study is that, based on a modified model, this study detects the significant roles of place-based distinctiveness and continuity in predicting resident attitude toward tourism development, which are mainly carried through place-based self-esteem. Significance and implications of this study are discussed.


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Keywords:  distinctiveness, continuity, place identity, resident attitude, tourism
Citation: Wang, S (2016) Roles of place identity distinctiveness and continuity on resident attitude toward tourism. European Journal of Tourism Research 13, pp. 58-68


European Journal of Тourism Research