Title

The Tourism Development–Quality of Life Nexus in a Small Island Destination

Keywords

tourism devlelopment, quality of life, economic growth, smal island, Aruba

Abstract

Tourism development (TD) and quality of life (QoL) have been studied mostly from the perspective of how TD affects QoL, but the inverse relationship is less widely researched. Understanding this interrelationship will broaden the definition and goals of development, and will help shifting the debate from an income perspective to a QoL standpoint. This study assesses the linkages between TD, QoL, and economic growth for the island of Aruba. The study contributes to the literature by improving the understanding of the nature of the relationship between TD and QoL, by advancing the theory-building process. The methodology involves multivariate cointegration analyses and Granger causality testing. The results confirm the two-way direct relationship between TD and QoL, with proactive roles for both direct and indirect relationships. The findings highlight the need for recognizing the importance of QoL in determining TD, and understanding the workings of TD and economic growth on QoL dimensions.

Publication Date

5-8-2014

Original Citation

Ridderstaat, J., Croes, R. and Nijkamp, P. (2016). The Tourism Development- Quality of Life Nexus in a small island destination. Journal of Travel Research, 55(1), 79-94.

Number of Pages

79-94

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Travel Research

Volume

55

Issue

1

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047287514532372

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