I am living on an island tourist destination: Perceptions of School-Age Children

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Sumattaya Thammajak
Asst. Prof. Areeta Tirasattayapitak, Ph.D.


The aim of this paper is to examine island tourism development impacts on children’s life satisfaction and their support for island tourism development. The paper applied the qualitative research methods, using the structured interviews in Thai language for data collection. Convenience sampling method was used for key informants’ selection. Total of 40 children informants were interviewed. The content analysis was used to facilitate the interpretation of study results. The findings revealed the children’s preferences for the tourism resources in Phuket, friendliness and hospitality of Phuket locals. Their major concerns were the negative environmental and socio-cultural tourism impacts. The island tourism development was shown to directly and positively affect the monetary status of their parents and their material well-being. Island tourism development significantly increased children’s and their families’ satisfaction with living in Phuket. To support island tourism on the island, the children affirmed that Phuket should not increase the number of tourists any further.

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Thammajak, S., & Tirasattayapitak, A. (2021). I am living on an island tourist destination: Perceptions of School-Age Children. Journal of International Studies, Prince of Songkla University, 11(2), 61–92. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jis/article/view/245262
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