Title

The Perceived Impacts of Casino Gambling on a Destination Community

Abstract

Proposals have been made to legalize a single hotel casino in each of the towns of Adams and Hull, Massachusetts. A telephone survey of a systematic sample of 400 respondents in the Adams and Hull area was conducted in order to assess the perceived impacts of a hotel-casino in each of these locations. The findings show little consensus as to the positive impacts, but much greater agreement over the negative impacts that a hotel casino might have in the respondents' towns. The major factor in predicting respondents' attitudes toward legalization was found to be their perception of the impact a hotel-casino would have on the character of their town. Other major factors were the impact of the hotel-casino on crimes involving drugs and prostitution, the effectiveness of the State government at regulating casino gambling, the respondent's age, the impact of the hotel-casino on the overall standard of living, and the impact of the hotel-casino on jobs for local residents.

Publication Date

1-1-1985

Original Citation

Abraham Pizam and Julianne Pokela, “The Perceived Impacts of Casino Gambling on a Destination Community”, Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1985) pp. 147 165.

Number of Pages

147-165

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Annals of Tourism Research

Volume

12

Issue

2

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0160-7383(85)90054-4

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