Despite the importance of involving residents in local tourism, few research studies have investigated the concept of empowerment. A novel study conducted by UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management researchers Dr. Kayode D. Aleshinloye and Dr. Asli D.A. Tasci and their collaborators explores the drivers of empowerment within tourism and, in turn, the factors that empowerment influences. Their research highlights the potential benefits for residents, such as improved quality of life and attachment to their surroundings, and has important practical implications for tourism planners and policymakers.

Original Article

Aleshinloye, K.D., Woosnam, K. M., Tasci, A.D.A., & Ramkissoon, H. (2022). Antecedents and outcomes of resident empowerment through tourism. Journal of Travel Research, 61(3), 656–673. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047287521990437.