Title

Circumstantial Impact of Contact on Social Distance

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

Original Citation

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.

Number of Pages

115-131

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

Volume

13

Issue

2

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14766825.2014.896921

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