Journal of Tourism and Recreation

Journal of Tourism and Recreation

ISSN: 2368-2655 (Print)    ISSN: 2368-2663 (Online)

Volume 1 (2014), No. 2, Pages 1-14

DOI: 10.12735/jotr.v1i2p01

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Residents' Attitudes toward International Tourism: A Case of Iran

Mahmood Bahaee1  Michael J. Pisani1  Farzin Shavakh2 

1Department of Management, Central Michigan University, Michigan, USA
2Consultant for Tourism & Hospitality Solutions, University of Applied Science & Technology, Iran

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The main objective of this research was to investigate Iranian attitudes toward the impact of foreign tourism on the economic, social/cultural, environmental, and the country’s religion. The results of the survey questionnaire to 836 Iranians in major tourism cities revealed that, in general, Iranians view foreign tourism as having a positive influence economically, social/culturally, and environmentally. On the impact of foreign tourism on the country’s religion, residents were mostly neutral, indicating ambivalence whether the impact would be positive or negative. Implications of the findings for the country’s economic development strategies are discussed.

Keywords: international tourism, Iran, tourism impact, economic development

To Cite this Article: Bahaee, M., Pisani, M. J., & Shavakh, F. (2014). Residents' attitudes toward international tourism: A case of Iran. Journal of Tourism and Recreation, 1(2), 1-14.

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Residents' Attitudes toward International Tourism: A Case of Iran