Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Committee Member

Dr. William C. Norman, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. H. Charles Chancellor

Committee Member

Dr. Lauren N. Duffy

Abstract

Tourism development has been conceived as an action to bring economic benefits to the community. However, tourism development may have contributed to environmental degradation and negative sociocultural impact as well. The success of tourism development is premised on the idea of maintaining a good relationship between residents, tourists, private business owners and the government. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between tourism impacts, tourism development and the way residents’ demographic variables moderate the relationship between perceptions of tourism impacts and tourism development, as well as economic dependency for its correlation effect on the relationship. This study also compared the potential differences between downtown Greenville, South Carolina residents and individuals residing in the Greenville County. The importance of it is that downtown Greenville is a major draw whereby downtown residents are in close proximity the breadth of tourism impacts than others residing in the broader county.

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