Group‐Differentiated Perceptions of Social Impacts Related to Tourism Development

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Perceived social impacts of tourism development on local residents in peripheral destinations are examined in the case of the resort city of Eilat (Israel) by utilizing a value‐stretch methodology. Analysis shows that local's perceptions are group differentiated. The less locals are affiliated with tourist occupations, the less affluent they are, and the less their sense of peripherality, the more they are affected by the social consequences of tourism development. Policy implications for tourism development in such peripheral settings are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-392
Number of pages16
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1992

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*The comments by Bengt Eskilson, CEO, Esah AB. on the manuscript have been invaluable. Berril Pekkari, Technical Direnor. Esah AB. and Richard S Saho. Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, The Lincoln Electric Company, agreed to he interviewed. Helga Olsson, Chief Librarian, and Elly Bonevik, Informatician of Esab AB, devoted much time to data search. Several anonymous Reviewers contributed with thoughtful comments. The figures were drawn by Diana Mattsson-N’erner. The Tore Browaldh Science Foundation financed the study.


  • Eilat
  • peripheral destinations
  • social impacts
  • tourism development
  • value‐stretch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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