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From Fake News to Social Media Pop Culture and Climate Change: What Elements are Impacting the Tourism Industry in the Twenty-first Century?

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Abhijeet Shirsat is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento. His research is focused on human behavior topics including social media, hospitality, food, and leadership. He intends to build upon the human behavioral studies to identify the problems and challenges of the hospitality industry.

Angel F. González is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Hospitality Management at the College of Business at California State University Monterey Bay. His research interests are in the field of travelers’ behaviors and preferences. His educational philosophy includes the development of hospitality leaders with strong entrepreneurship and embracing of sustainability.

Abstract (150 Words)

Understanding the elements influencing negative sentiments about tourists is critical to the understanding of risk which local communities face from over-tourism. It additionally affects the traveler’s satisfaction, repeat visitation intentions, and positive/negative word of mouth, therefore potentially affecting the image of the tourism industry. The current study employs the platform of Integrated Threat Theory (ITT) seeking to understand the interaction between the local community and travelers to determine the impact on the tourism industry. Travel and tourism trends like social media popular culture, low-cost housing, and economy traveling options have generated a new environment of interaction between travelers and the local communities. To this, we add elements like fake news, climate change, increasing real estate prices, cultural loss, disturbance, crime, unwanted activities, and waste management issues. This mixed methods study aims to attain socially sustainable practices for balancing the negative sentiments of local communities and fostering tourism.

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From Fake News to Social Media Pop Culture and Climate Change: What Elements are Impacting the Tourism Industry in the Twenty-first Century?

Understanding the elements influencing negative sentiments about tourists is critical to the understanding of risk which local communities face from over-tourism. It additionally affects the traveler’s satisfaction, repeat visitation intentions, and positive/negative word of mouth, therefore potentially affecting the image of the tourism industry. The current study employs the platform of Integrated Threat Theory (ITT) seeking to understand the interaction between the local community and travelers to determine the impact on the tourism industry. Travel and tourism trends like social media popular culture, low-cost housing, and economy traveling options have generated a new environment of interaction between travelers and the local communities. To this, we add elements like fake news, climate change, increasing real estate prices, cultural loss, disturbance, crime, unwanted activities, and waste management issues. This mixed methods study aims to attain socially sustainable practices for balancing the negative sentiments of local communities and fostering tourism.