LOCAL RESIDENT’S ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE IMPACT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT: A STUDY OF SAINT MARTIN ISLAND, BANGLADESH
The purpose of this study is to determine the local residents’ attitudes of tourism development of Saint Martin Island.
This research analyzes resident’s perceptions and attitudes of the impact of tourism development and examines the
factors that influence the support for tourism development of Saint Martin Island, Bangladesh. To this end, a survey
was administered among 150 respondents who were local residents of Saint Martin Island, using a type of nonprobability
sampling that is convenience sampling technique. Following data collection from a questionnaire, factor
analysis, correlation and regression analyses were conducted. Four factors (economic impacts, socio-cultural impacts,
environmental impacts, physical impacts) emerged and these all four factors are interrelated and highly influential
local resident’s attitudes towards tourism development. Additionally, it is evident from the beta coefficient of multiple
regression analysis that economic impacts had significant positive influence on tourism development whereas sociocultural,
environmental and physical impacts had negative impacts on tourism development in the region.
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