What is it about?

This study examined how the demographic profiles of residents influence the relationship between residents’ perceptions of the impacts of tourism and their support for tourism development. It examines the following demographics: gender, level of education, nationality, length of residency and age

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Why is it important?

This study sheds light on residents’ support for tourism development in the UAE. It examines the relationship between residents’ demographic characteristics and their support for tourism development and makes several academic and management contributions. The study is first to use the Bayesian SEM multigroup approach to overcome the major issue of the nonnormal distributions of data. The results showed that residents’ perceptions influence residents’ support for tourism development. Further analysis showed that gender, education and nationality influence the perceptions of residents, while length of residency and age did not have a significant effect.


The findings of this study are important to tourism officials, tourism planners and policy makers in the UAE. Tourism officials need to be aware of how the demographic profile of residents affects the relationship between the residents’ perceptions of tourism’s impacts and their support for tourism development.

Dr. Avraam Papastathopoulos
University of Dubai

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This page is a summary of: Demographic Analysis of Residents’ Support for Tourism Development in the UAE: A Bayesian Structural Equation Modeling Multigroup Approach, Journal of Travel Research, September 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0047287519874131.
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