Jalayer Khalilzadeh


A research team from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (RCHM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) investigated the perception of happiness and satisfaction with life in Aruba. This investigation is the result of an assignment granted by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA). This study updates a similar study conducted by the UCF team in 2011. Similar to 2011, this study estimates the impact of tourism on residents’ happiness and satisfaction with life. Aruba is one of the first small island destinations in the world to employ a happiness index as one of its metrics to assess the impact of tourism development.1 This happiness index is grounded in the subjective well-being framework. The connectedness between tourism and subjective well-being (happiness and satisfaction with life) is a vital indicator in shaping the quality of life of a destination’s residents, and hence in sustaining a competitive position in an increasingly contested global market place.


Aruba; happiness; happiness index

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Aruba Tourism Authority


Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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68 p.





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