Social impact analysis of cultural tourism in rural areas of Tlaxcala, Mexico

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  • Luceli Méndez Serrano Master’s Student PROEDAR. Colegio de Postgraduados Campus Puebla. Km. 125.5. Carretera Federal México-Puebla (Boulevard Forjadores de Puebla). C. P.72760
  • José Pedro Juárez-Sánchez Qualified Research Professors at the Campus of the Postgraduate College in Puebla
  • Benito Ramírez-Valverde Qualified Research Professors at the Campus of the Postgraduate College in Puebla
  • Laura Caso Barrera Qualified Research Professors at the Campus of the Postgraduate College in Puebla

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.48162/rev.39.031

Palabras clave:

turismo cultural, espacios rurales, desarrollo, impactos

Resumen

abstract_graphic.jpgAlternative tourism, specifically cultural tourism, has gained worldwide importance. This is reflected in the growing number of people preferring this type of leisure activity. However, and even though archaeological and religious contexts represent hubs of attraction for pilgrims and tourists, their development seems to generate social issues. The objective of this research is to analyse the social impact of cultural tourism, from the perspective of tradesmen living in the rural municipality of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Information was collected by surveys. Sample size was calculated using the non-probabilistic method (snowball), and 54 tradesmen owning establishments near tourist attractions, were interviewed. Results evidenced that tradesmen do perceive social problems including traffic congestion, increasing living costs, pollution, street vendors, and augmented competition between businesses. However, they appreciate the benefits of providing tourists with low-cost catering services, considering tourism to be positive or very positive. The conclusion is that economic benefits outweigh the social impacts generated by tourism.

Highlights:

  • The influx of pilgrims and tourists is generating some social problems in the receiving rural spaces.
  • Tourism service providers derive little benefit due to the low-cost services in accommodation and meal offer to tourists.
  • Social problems are increasing (road traffic, higher cost of living, pollution, street vendors) and greater competition between businesses.
  • Tourist activity is considered good or very good since it contributes to local development.

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Publicado

07-07-2021

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Méndez Serrano, L., Juárez-Sánchez, J. P., Ramírez-Valverde, B., & Caso Barrera, L. (2021). Social impact analysis of cultural tourism in rural areas of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Revista De La Facultad De Ciencias Agrarias UNCuyo, 53(1), 320–329. https://doi.org/10.48162/rev.39.031

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