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Agritourism, Community Attachment and Their Contributions to Tourism and Community: An Empirical Study

H. M. Kamrul Hassan ; Faculty of Department of Marketing, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
Tareq Mahbub ; Faculty Graduate Business Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Canada
Md Ali Arshad Chowdhury ; Faculty of Department of Accounting, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

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The tourism industry has encountered various sustainable development functionalities, and nations seek to develop tourism while conserving nature and its resources. Agritourism strengthens a region’s competitive, cultural, and transformational resources while helping the rural community, economy, and society thrive sustainably. However, few studies have evaluated community attention toward agritourism in developing countries. This study bridges this gap using community attachment through agritourism-based resident perceptions of the economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism support and its contributions to resident communities. A partial least squares method under structural equation modelling (SEM) was employed using SmartPLS 3.0. Results reveal that community attachment is significantly correlated with economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts, which are also significantly associated with tourism support. These impacts were mainly related to contributions to the community, thus confirming all hypotheses except for the cultural implications, which were found to be insignificant. This study will help marketers, professionals, and decision-makers understand and predict the economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts of agritourism and formulate policies to contribute to its development.

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agritourism; social impact; environmental impact; community attachment; community contribution

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