Residents’ Perceptions of Tourism Impact on Local Economic Development During the Economic Crisis: The Case of Kavala

  • Alexios-Patapios KontisEmail author
  • Maria Doumi
  • Anna Kyriakaki
  • Konstantinos Mouratidis
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


The global economic and financial crisis has greatly affected the socio-economic sectors and the quality of life of many countries and particularly of Greece. Initially, tourism in Greece has been affected by the current economic crisis but its positive impact on the economy, social, national and regional development of country has been, and is being, considerable. The purpose of the present paper is to examine how economic crisis influences residents’ attitudes toward tourism development. In order to achieve this aim, a primary quantitative research with the use of structured questionnaire has been conducted between August and October 2018. The sample of the survey consisted of 193 citizens of Kavala (Greece) selected by simple random sampling method. The results of the research display that the residents were aware the socio-economic impacts of tourism. In addition, they seem to be influenced by the economic crisis impacts and recognized the need that tourism should be strengthened as one of the key factors for the region’s economy. Findings and discussions of this research are useful to tourism industry practitioners as well as to academic researchers interested in tourism in time of economic crisis.


Economic crisis Residents’ attitudes Tourism impacts Tourism development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexios-Patapios Kontis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Doumi
    • 1
  • Anna Kyriakaki
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Mouratidis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the AegeanChiosGreece

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