Social impacts as a function of place change

Robert Douglas McKercher, Dan Wang, Eerang Park

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51 Citations (Scopus)


This paper argues that both impacts felt by and attitudes to tourism are a function of place change. Destinations are comprised of three types of place: tourism, non-tourism and shared. It is believed attitudes are generally positive when stasis exists among the three types, but deteriorate during periods of rapid place change. Likewise, impacts are felt when place changes, especially when non-tourism place is transformed into either shared or tourism place. This proposition is tested through a meta-analysis of more than 90 journal articles examining social impacts of tourism. Nine types of place change were identified as well as a relationship between place change and lifecycle stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-66
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Destination
  • Impacts
  • Lifecycle
  • Place and space
  • Sense of place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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