Title

Tourism development and happiness: A residents’ perspective

Keywords

happiness, subjective well-being, tourism development, residents, social comparison, Aruba

Abstract

This study investigates the empirical relationship between tourism development and happiness from the perspective of locals in a small island destination. The study provides insights into how residents assess their own happiness and how those assessments depart from traditional well-being indicators by examining the mediating relationships among both income and non-income factors, i.e. quality of life and comparisons of life situations. The results reveal that tourism development and happiness are positively correlated but the association between these variables is slim and not exclusive. Furthermore, the structural equation model reveals that the large impact of non-income factors, such as social comparisons, matters to happiness.

Publication Date

6-3-2015

Original Citation

Rivera, M., Croes, R. & Lee. S. (2015). Tourism Development and Happiness: A Residents' Perspective. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management.

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Destination Marketing and Management

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdmm.2015.04.002

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