Year : 2016 Volume : 2 Issue : 1

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Host Attitudes Toward Tourism: A Study of Sareyn Municipality and Local Community Partnerships in Therapeutic Tourism

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Abstract

This study investigates residents’ perceptions of tourism development in a small tourist destination in northwest Iran named Sareyn. This city is famous for its thermal springs and therapeutic tourism. Tourism in this destination is managed by the municipality and local community with limited intervention by the National Tourism Organization. The study’s findings show that even though local people strongly support current and further tourism development, they feel ambivalent about the impacts of tourism. It is concluded that strengthening the cooperation with the National Tourism Organization and taking advantage of a tourism expert’s assistance are required to ensure the sustainability of tourism development.

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Tourism-development   Public-sector   Tourism-attitudes   Impacts-of-tourism   Thermal-(spa)-tourism   Sareyn-(Iran)  

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Hamira Zamani-Farahani

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DOI 10.26650/jot.2016.2.1.0002

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Host Attitudes Toward Tourism: A Study of Sareyn Municipality and Local Community Partnerships in Therapeutic Tourism

Open Access

Abstract

This study investigates residents’ perceptions of tourism development in a small tourist destination in northwest Iran named Sareyn. This city is famous for its thermal springs and therapeutic tourism. Tourism in this destination is managed by the municipality and local community with limited intervention by the National Tourism Organization. The study’s findings show that even though local people strongly support current and further tourism development, they feel ambivalent about the impacts of tourism. It is concluded that strengthening the cooperation with the National Tourism Organization and taking advantage of a tourism expert’s assistance are required to ensure the sustainability of tourism development.

Keywords

Corresponding Author

Hamira Zamani-Farahani

Details

DOI 10.26650/jot.2016.2.1.0002

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