Circumstantial Impact of Contact on Social DistanceRosen Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works
- social distance, contact theory, attitude change, resident attitude, tourism and culture, tourism and hospitality
AbstractDespite its century long existence, social distance is still a rare area of investigation in the tourism and hospitality context. In particular, there is a lack of attention on the empirical investigations about the relationship between contact and social distance in host–guest relations in a tourism setting. Hence, the purpose of this study is to determine whether there is such a relationship between social distance and different contact factors (previous visits and close friendships). An on-site survey on tourists and locals at a popular tourist destination, Mugla, in Turkey revealed partial support for these relationships under certain circumstances. Implications and future research suggestions are discussed.
Number of Pages115-131
Source TitleJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
CollegeRosen College of Hospitality Management
LocationRosen College of Hospitality Management
Yilmaz, S.S., & Tasci, A.D.A. (2014). Circumstantial Impact of Contact on Social Distance. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 13(2), 115-131.