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Islands' tourist development and local residents' prosperity: reality or an unsolved problem?

Boukas, Nikolaos and Ziakas, Vassilios (2015) Islands' tourist development and local residents' prosperity: reality or an unsolved problem? In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Tourism (ICOT 2015): From Tourism Policy into Practice: Issues and Challenges in Engaging Policy Makers and End Users - London 24-27June 2015. International Association for Tourism Policy, London, pp. 75-84. ISBN 9786188150300

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Most islands are developed as mass tourist destinations that aim to be competitive, sacrificing though their precious resources and balanced development. In this regard, many problems of island destinations are related to their limited resources and segregation. Hence, is prosperity that tourist development brings, spread harmonically in the whole society-environment of islands? The paper examines how Cyprus can increase its competitiveness and deal effectively with globalisation, maintaining its attractiveness but also sustaining its attributes and ensuring the well-being of its residents/stakeholders. Based on in-depth interviews with Cyprus tourism stakeholders’ representatives and officials, the study reveals that in order for islands’ tourist development to be successful in the long-term, emphasis needs to be placed upon indigenous people peculiarities,characteristics and perceptions. Therefore, strategies for the incorporation of community’s views to the tourist policy making and planning are proposed.

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