Rural Tourism Sustainable Management and Destination Marketing Efforts: Key Factors from Communities’ Perspective

Chee-Hua, Chin and Lo, May-Chiun and Ramayah, T. (2016) Rural Tourism Sustainable Management and Destination Marketing Efforts: Key Factors from Communities’ Perspective. Journal of Sustainable Development, 9 (4). pp. 179-197. ISSN 1913-9071

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Rural tourism is seen as a potential sector in promoting country to the world and at the same time generates incomes to local communities. However, due to the lucrative economic benefits, tourism destination’s sustainability and quality of services is often being ignored. Thus, this study highlights the importance of sustainable management and destination marketing efforts in rural tourism destinations with identified significant contributively factors from local communities’ perspective. A total of 168 respondents comprising of local communities from Kampung Telaga Air and Kampung Semadang, Kuching, Sarawak took part voluntarily in this study. To assess the developed model, SmartPLS 2.0 (M3) is applied based on path modelling and bootstrapping. Interestingly, the findings revealed that local communities believed factors like climate change, carrying capacity of a destination, and environmental education are significantly affect both tourism destination sustainable management and destination marketing efforts. Furthermore, community support is also found to be important too for tourism destination marketing efforts. Surprisingly, community support was found no relations with destination sustainable management from local communities’ point of view. This study further discussed on the implications of the findings, limitations, and direction for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural tourism destination, sustainable management, destination marketing efforts, community’s perspective, Malaysia, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 19:13
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 17:22

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