Collaborative tourism planning and subjective well-being in a small island destination

Christine Vogt, Evan Jordan, Nicole Grewe, Linda Kruger

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This paper employed a case study method to examine how a tourism planning process was utilized to discuss resident and community subjective well-being. Sitka, Alaska, a small island community, embarked on a collaborative tourism planning effort as an activity to guide and manage tourism development, particularly development from nonlocal interests that was perceived by some as threatening well-being and quality of life. A general interview guide approach was used and 27 interviews with key informants conducted. The plan document was also consulted as a source of additional insight into the processes, the structure, and their interaction. The research focused on how subjective well-being was defined; how length of residency, livelihood, and role in the community influenced well-being; and how tourism development and concerns over well-being fueled tourism planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Destination Marketing and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Case study
  • Community
  • Qualitative methods
  • Resident attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Marketing


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