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Circumstantial Impact of Contact on Social Distance
Rosen Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works
  • Semih S. Yilmaz
  • Asli D.A. Tasci, University of Central Florida
Keywords
  • social distance, contact theory, attitude change, resident attitude, tourism and culture, tourism and hospitality
Abstract
Despite 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.
Publication Date
3-14-2014
DOI
10.1080/14766825.2014.896921
Number of Pages
115-131
Document Type
Paper
Language
English
Source Title
Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
College
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Location
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Citation Information

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.