Residents' Perceived Impacts of Gaming Development in Macau: Social Representation Perspectives

(Joe) Yong Zhou, Tracy (Ying) Lu, Joanne Jung Eun Yoo

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The purpose of the research was to provide a better understanding of local residents' perceived impacts of gaming tourism based on social representations theory. An empirical investigation was conducted in Macau, where gaming tourism is under explosive development. Through a survey of 396 local residents, two social representation groups were identified: "Ambivalents" and "Rationalists". The two social representation groups presented significantly different perceptions and attitudes toward the impacts of gaming tourism in Macau. The three most significant factors that influenced residents' representations were personal income, perceptions of gaming tourism being able to increase personal/family income, and satisfaction with government performance in managing gaming tourism development. The research provides theoretical implications for future gaming impact studies and also practical ones for local governments and stakeholders in the tourism industry in Macau and other gaming destinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-599
Number of pages21
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Macau Foun dation (grant number 0121).


  • Macau
  • gaming tourism
  • residents' perceived impacts
  • social representations theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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