A Comparison of Tourism-Related Stressors Experienced by Residents of Three Island Destinations

Xing Yao, Evan Jordan, Daniel Spencer, Laura Lesar, Jose Cabral Vieira, Christine Vogt, Carlos Santos, Casey Moran

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Residents of island tourism destinations are subject to a variety of impacts their quality of life. One impact that has recently emerged as an issue is psychological stress. Psychological stress can often lead to negative physical and mental health outcomes. Island destinations develop along Butler’s (1980) Tourism Area Life Cycle in different ways based on geography, population, accessibility, and a variety of other variables. Oftentimes rapid development follows the creation of transportation links like a new airport or cruise port. The development of cruise ports in particular often bring rapid development with unforeseen consequences. In this study, we examine the tourism related stressors experienced by residents of three island destinations with varying levels of development and cruise tourism visitation. Thematic analysis of residents’ perceived stressors revealed that level of development and type of tourism play a role in the breadth, depth, and type of stressors perceived by residents.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventUncharted Territory: Reimagining Tourism for a New Era - Online, Fort Worth, United States
Duration: 14 Jun 202116 Jun 2021


ConferenceUncharted Territory
Abbreviated title2021 TTRA International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Worth
Internet address


  • Tourism impacts
  • Stress
  • Wellbeing


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