Generational perceptions of prosperity on the niche tourism island destination of ikaria, Greece

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This study answers the call for new research approaches by investigating a cross-generational sample of residents involved in niche tourism and their perceptions of prosperity against the backdrop of an evolving niche tourism industry. Data were collected via in-depth, semi-structured interviews with nine participants involved in niche tourism, comprising three generational cohorts (i.e., young, middle, old), on the island of Ikaria, Greece. Data revealed five emergent themes (i.e., dimensions of prosperity) that provide insight into how residents conceptualise prosperity: Community, means to an end, connection to place, change, and perceived impacts of tourism. The influences of family, friendship, cultural values, ideals, and health are the strongest indicators of Ikarians' perceived prosperity in the context of niche tourism development on the island.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-59
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Greece
  • Island tourism
  • Niche tourism
  • Prosperity
  • Qol
  • Quality-of-life
  • Resident attitudes
  • Tourism impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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