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Open Access Exploring the Psychological Well-Being of Tourism Community Members Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory: A Case Study of Queenstown, New Zealand

This article is Open Access under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Despite a substantial history of research on the well-being of host communities at tourism destinations, the individual psychological well-being of local residents remains an underexplored topic. This study explores the psychological well-being of tourism host community members through a case study of Queenstown, New Zealand. By drawing on the self-determination theory, an innovative focus group analysis approach, microinterlocutor analysis, complemented by thematic analysis, was used to explain the psychological well-being of individual host community members in a nature-based tourism destination. Findings revealed a sense of autonomy, relatedness to people and the natural environment, feelings of competence or mastery, and beneficence-supported psychological well-being. This study extends prior research on the well-being of host communities by identifying key psychological well-being domains explicitly related to host community members. Practical implications of the findings are highlighted with reference to nature-based destinations.

Keywords: HOST COMMUNITY; NATURE-BASED TOURISM; PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING; SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 2: Department of Tourism, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 3: Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: March 5, 2024

This article was made available online on July 18, 2023 as a Fast Track article with title: "EXPLORING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING OF TOURISM COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGH SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY: A CASE STUDY OF QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND ".

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