Our Homeland is A Tourist Destination: Voices of School-Aged Children towards Island Tourism Impacts

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Sumattaya Thammajak
Areeta Tirasattayapitak


This study examines perceptions of children with different gender towards salient impacts from island tourism development, their life satisfaction in general and their support for island tourism development. This study employed quantitative research method and the census study, including 181 students who studied in the secondary school level 1-6 at Lantaratpracha-uthit School. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used as a research tool. Statistical analysis program was used to analyze the data. Research finding shows that the children have optimistic perceptions towards positive economic impacts generated from tourism. These perceptions encourage them to consider tourism growth on their island as one of main causes of their life satisfaction and their community’s well-being. Furthermore, economic benefits acquired from tourism, which fulfil the children’s physiological needs, are major stimuli that encourage the children to support island tourism development.


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Thammajak, S., & Tirasattayapitak, A. (2020). Our Homeland is A Tourist Destination: Voices of School-Aged Children towards Island Tourism Impacts. WMS Journal of Management, 9(2), 97-108. Retrieved from https://so06.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/wms/article/view/241857
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Sumattaya Thammajak

Tourism Management Program, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Areeta Tirasattayapitak

Tourism Management Program, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand


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